Philosophy Major

Career Opportunities

There are close connections between aspects of philosophy and most careers. For example, the study of ethics is essential for medicine, law, engineering, teaching, counseling, business and many other careers. Legal and political philosophies are essential to law and public service. Philosophy of Science has a bearing on the social and natural sciences. The philosophy of art, literature and film relates to journalism, visual broadcasting and the performing arts. Knowledge of the history of ideas, familiarity with logical thinking and creative problem-solving and skills of abstraction and judgement are assets in any career.

Philosophy Major

Requires 30 credit hours. See the Philosophy Major Study Plan for more details or contact us via email at


Philosophy Major Study Plan

A total of 30 credits of Philosophy with a minimum 2.0 GPA are required for this degree.

To set up an appointment with a Philosophy Advisor contact us via email at

To view and download the Philosophy Major Study Plan click the link below.


Philosophy Minor

Philosophy Minor

There over 100 students currently minoring in Philosophy

A philosophy minor requires only 18 hours of philosophy (6 courses), with at least 6 credits (2 courses) being upper-level courses. Students may choose which Philosophy( PHIxxx) courses to take within this framework.

A student minoring in Philosophy can meet with a Philosophy advisor if they so choose but are not required to do so. (If a student would like to meet with an advisor, they may seek out one of their current Philosophy professors or email the department requesting to meet with an advisor. The email address is

Double Majors Guide

Combining Philosophy with another Major or Degree Many students find it beneficial to combine the Philosophy major with another field of study. As an investigation of fundamental questions, Philosophy can offer insight into the general theories and methods of inquiry that define other disciplines. Moreover, knowledge of the history of philosophical thought can help students understand figures and ideas that are important for other disciplines. Finally, many students find that in-depth study of another discipline provides a more meaningful context in which to understand and apply specific philosophical ideas. The Philosophy major requirements are deliberately modest—only 30 credits total—so as to encourage such pairing of philosophy with other studies. Please consult with an advisor in both programs if seeking a double major or double degree. See the GVSU Policy on “Double Dipping” Credits between Majors and Minors in the University Graduation Requirements for information and policies concerning minimum number of unduplicated credits.

Here is a link to examples of possible majors to combine with Philosophy: double-majors-guide-75.htm