Philosophy Department

Associate Professor of Philosophy Rebekah Rice meets with philosophy majors

Did you know?

When you major or minor in philosophy, you develop strong skills in understanding and communicating complex ideas.

When students graduate with a degree in philosophy from SPU, they’ve developed skills that are important to a wide variety of careers. For more on the value of studying philosophy for your future career, check out the following:

Many of our graduates also continue study in graduate school or law school: recently, at Princeton, Oxford, Pittsburgh, Notre Dame, University of Pennsylvania, Brown, Indiana University, and Villanova. Others enter careers in the tech industry, data analysis, data science, business consulting, ministry, teaching, and counseling.

If you choose a major other than philosophy, consider studying philosophy as your second major. “Double-majoring” allows students to get the most of their university experience and brings out the connections between disciplines. Students interested in Philosophy also may be interested in SPU's Politics, Philosophy, and Economics (PPE) program, or SPU's Bioethics and Humanities minor.

Upcoming Events

April 2018: SPU's Layman Lecture will be given by Meghan Sullivan, Professor of Philosophy and the Rev. John A. O'Brien Collegiate Chair at the University of Notre Dame. 

The Layman Lecture is an annual lecture hosted by the Department of Philosophy in honor of Professor Emeritus, Steve Layman. Professor Layman was member, and chief architect, of the department in its current formulation from 1986 to 1996, and chair from 1996 to 2016. The lecture is sponsored by the Center for Scholarship and Faculty Development and the generous donations of alumni. Contributions can be made here (kindly designate “Layman Lecture”).

For past visiting speakers, see here.

Computer and philosophy books

Philosophers in tech? Yes!

Our Philosophy: Tech Track is designed for a unique and rewarding career in Seattle's tech industry.