Explore value, knowledge, and reality with a degree in philosophy from Iowa State. You will develop communication and analytical reasoning skills while engaging with fundamental questions about human experience. You can tailor the major to fit your interests, with a wide variety of courses to choose from.

  • Learn how to think deeply: Engage with fundamental ideas that will challenge you to become a more independent thinker and teach you how to communicate effectively with others.
  • Use your brain to fund your bank: Philosophy majors get high scores on the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT, and they make more money with a four-year degree than many other majors.
  • Interesting and rewarding: Study life’s most interesting questions alongside a committed team of faculty and students.
  • Double major: Still not convinced? As a double major, you will gain important skills that complement your primary major.

The philosophy major has a structured program to help you graduate on time while following your interests. Philosophy majors are required to take PHIL 207 as well as one course on ethical theory, two courses in the history of Philosophy, and one course on metaphysics/epistemology. In total, the philosophy major requires 33 credits to graduate. See the Philosophy Major in the ISU catalog for the detailed program requirements, or talk to an advisor.