The philosophy program is designed for students who are interested in examining life's deepest questions and applying this study to the community and world.
Philosophy graduates receive a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree. The curriculum is designed to facilitate interdisciplinary study.
Why Study Philosophy at Grand Valley?
- Faculty members are published scholars and researchers who are deeply committed to undergraduate philosophy education.
- The major emphasizes learning the history of philosophy as the foundation for further study and application.
- Courses are offered in all major contemporary schools of philosophical thought as well as in non-Western traditions.
- The Undergraduate Teaching Apprentice Program, China Summer School, Philosophy Colloquium/Speakers Series, and the Philosophical Society of GVSU offer out-of-classroom opportunities.
For More InformationDepartment of Philosophy
B-3-105 Mackinac Hall
Location & Format
Undergraduate students in this major study at Grand Valley's Allendale Campus.
Philosophy students receive a broad education in the subject, covering topics like:
- Eastern philosophy
- Great philosophers
- Social and political philosophy
Study Abroad: Philosophy students are encouraged to take advantage of the study abroad programs in China.
Minor: Students seeking a minor in philosophy are invited to devise an appropriate program suitable to their interests. It must include a minimum of 18 hours of philosophy, at least 6 hours of which must be upper-division, with 3 of these at the 400 level.
Many law schools and seminaries encourage philosophy as an undergraduate degree. Philosophy is also closely associated with such fields as:
- Clinical Psychology
Philosophy is recognized as a strong foundation for education and experience in other disciplines.
“I found all of my professors to be very interested in my holistic education; not just my education as it pertained to philosophy. The accessibility of the professors directly contributed to the strength of my education.”