Philosophy

From reading the works of Plato and Aristotle to studying logic and phenomenology, students in the philosophy program are provided a broad-based learning experience. One of the arts and humanities disciplines in the Columbian College of Arts and Sciences, the program also examines the intersection of philosophy with other subjects, including law, biomedicine, science and politics. Students bring their passion for philosophy to spirited debates during events organized by the popular Colonial Philosophy Club.

Related Majors, Minors, and Concentrations

Related majors are political science, psychology and religion. In addition to a philosophy major, our department offers minors in philosophy, applied ethics, logic and mind-brain sciences.

What can I expect to learn in the Philosophy program at GW?

The philosophy program offers two options of study. The first reflects the traditional structure of the discipline and its subfields such as epistemology, philosophy of mind and the history of philosophy. The second is designed for students primarily interested in philosophy’s relationship to public affairs.

What is the Philosophy community like at GW?

Students entering the philosophy program will find a close-knit community and small classes in which professors provide individualized attention.

What can I do in the Philosophy field?

Our students go on to a wide variety of professional destinations, including academic careers, law and service in government and nonprofit organizations.

Roles in Research

The Department of Philosophy plays a major role in the mind-brain evolution research cluster in the new GW Mind-Brain Institute and has hired its first post-doctoral fellow.

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