The goal of the philosophy program is to teach students to think, write, and speak clearly and logically, and be able to analyze and compare values. These skills are invaluable in everyday life as well as in any occupation that demands leadership and administrative ability.

The philosophy major/minor is useful preparation for a wide variety of careers. Because philosophy deals with so many questions that overlap with other disciplines, the major/minor in philosophy also works well when taken jointly with majors or minors in other programs.

Philosophy students read and debate the writings of great philosophers in the past as well as those of contemporary thinkers. Courses in philosophy commonly involve a good deal of class discussion and numerous small writing assignments in which students develop their ability to analyze texts, argue for a position, and write clearly.

Your Major Took You Where?*

Memphis City Schools University of Kentucky (J.D., law)
Owensboro Museum of Natural Science
San Diego Zoo Education Department
*A Sampling of Recent Centre Graduates

“Philosophy has become invaluable to my pursuit of other disciplines, particularly my other major — economics & finance. Familiarity with constructing arguments about concepts as abstract as metaphysics and epistemology translates to studies as worldly as investment theory. Understanding the reasoning behind ethical principles has allowed me richer interpretations of political economic theories.”

Centre Class of 2018 • Double Major: Philosophy and Economics & Finance


The Program

The philosophy program at Centre College aims to produce analytical thinkers, writers, and speakers who reflect on their value systems and become more socially responsible, well-prepared for the personal and professional challenges that they encounter after graduation. The study of philosophy provides students with skills that will serve them well at Centre and beyond. Thinking clearly, writing well, and being able to explain complex ideas in accessible ways are important for a variety of careers.

The Curriculum

In addition to reading the work of contemporary philosophers, every philosophy major and minor studies texts from different historical periods, from ancient Greece to the 20th century. A common sequence for a philosophy major to follow includes taking one 100-level course in the first year, PHI 210 and 220 in the sophomore year, and three courses numbered 300 or above in both the junior and senior year. However, the order in which these courses can be taken is quite flexible.


Because the academic study of philosophy focuses on the development of students’ capacity to think clearly and critically, a philosophy degree is excellent preparation for many careers. Our philosophy students have gone on to careers in law, medicine, computer fields, banking and financial services, counseling, management, education, marketing research, the armed forces, professional sports, culinary arts, environmental science, public administration, and entrepreneurship. Our program also provides a solid foundation for graduate work in philosophy.


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