Department of Philosophy

MSC 03 2140
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Location:
Humanities (HUM)

Phone: (505) 277-2405
Fax: (505) 277-6362

Why study philosophy?

Why Study Philosophy?

Philosophy is a fundamental academic discipline which is related to all areas of human concern. Philosophy courses will be helpful to students in each of the arts and sciences, as well as in professional fields of study. The major and minor programs in philosophy are designed to serve several different functions:

  1. The central focus of a liberal arts degree program
  2. A key component in an interdisciplinary program
  3. Preparation for graduate work in education, law, medicine, politics, social work, or theologyPreparation for graduate work in philosophy

Students are invited to discuss with the departmental undergraduate advisor the role philosophy courses might play in specific programs of study. A departmental honors program is available at the undergraduate level. Dual master degree programs are available in conjunction with other departments.

Philosophy consists of reflection on some of the deepest issues of human life and existence and so by its nature relates to most of the disciplines within the university's curriculum. Courses which are directly relevant to other fields of study include Contemporary Moral Issues, Philosophy of Science, Reasoning and Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Mathematics, Philosophy and Literature, Philosophy of the Social Sciences, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Art and Aesthetics, Philosophy of Law and Morals. Courses with a more general relevance include, Theory of Knowledge, Metaphysics, Humanities, Ethical Theory, and Logic.

Who Should Consider Majoring in Philosophy?

Those students planning careers in Religious Studies, Foreign Service, Education (elementary, secondary, or college), Public Administration, or Social Work.

Those students who are concerned primarily with obtaining a broad liberal arts education at the undergraduate level.

Those preparing for business or professional school (e.g. law or medicine). Philosophy majors score high on such tests as the LSAT. The writing and thinking skills developed in Philosophy courses are increasingly valued by businesses.