Philosophy Major

Philosophy is the attempt to answer certain persistent human questions:

  • “What is good?”
  • “What is real?”
  • “What is knowledge?”

As a Philosophy major, you’ll learn to see the connections between very different fields of thought such as science, religion, and ethics. And philosophy majors develop strong skills in writing, in argumentation, and in the communication of complex ideas.

We recommend that prospective majors take an introductory course and the logic sequence (PHI 1001 and PHI 2001) prior to taking other courses in the major. 

Philosophy students in Patrick McDonald’s classroom

Requirements for the Philosophy major

View the courses and requirements for Philosophy: General Track.

View the courses and requirements for Philosophy: Technical Track.

  • Applicants must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0=A) in all college work applicable to the degree, or 3.0 in the 45 credits immediately preceding application to the major.
  • Philosophy majors must be proficient in a foreign language. For more information, including alternative ways of satisfying this requirement, see Foreign Language Competency in the Undergraduate Catalog. Language proficiency is not satisfied as part of the community college direct transfer degree unless the transcript records the completion of foreign language coursework.
  • Students who choose Philosophy as a second major must earn a total of 50 credits, 25 of which must be upper division. However, the student may omit 5 credits from the history, systematic, or elective courses with the approval of the philosophy faculty.

Applying for the Philosophy major

You must apply for a major in Philosophy using the online application for the Philosophy major or minor.

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Philosophers in tech? Yes!

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

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