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Indiana University Bloomington

Undergraduate Program

Who Should Study Philosophy?

Philosophy is central to a liberal education that provides both breadth of understanding and versatility in employing ideas. Acquaintance with its great literature is invaluable to understanding our cultural heritage. The Department offers a wide variety of courses, at least several of which should be relevant to almost anyone's particular interests. Many students majoring in other areas will find it useful to take a sequence of philosophy courses relating to their field.

Increasingly, students find it desirable to take a double or interdepartmental major, combining philosophy with their chosen career field. Philosophy traditionally combines well with English and other studies of Literature, History, Classics, Psychology, Political Science, Sociology, Religious Studies, Economics, Mathematics, Physics, Linguistics and Journalism, and it combines well with some new fields, e.g., Telecommunications, Cognitive Science, Informatics and Computer Science.

Philosophy makes an excellent undergraduate major for students going on to certain careers typically involving graduate study, for example law, fields relating to social policy and public affairs, and business administration. Students interested in business may declare a business minor through the Philosophy Department, those interested in obtaining an M.B.A. should also consult with an advisor in the Business School about what basic courses they should take as an undergraduate.

Indeed, philosophical training is relevant to any career in which analytic and synthetic skills are required, and we suggest that such training provides the flexibility and perspective needed in a rapidly changing world.