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Socrates believed that the unexamined life is not worth living. Our philosophy department helps students examine the world, especially human practices and institutions, in an effort to gain understanding and wisdom. 

What to Expect

Philosophy majors have a wide range of educational opportunities. The department emphasizes analytical reasoning both for general education and as a preparation for pre-law students.

As a philosophy major, you will work with outstanding faculty members who promote study opportunities both at the university and overseas. You will learn how to reason analytically and develop the ability to argue persuasively. Your courses will promote reflection on either the historical developments in philosophy or ethical values as they relate to business, engineering, morality, politics and social justice. You may also choose to pursue research opportunities in nanotechnology.


Undergraduate Degree

B B.A. in Philosophy 

The Department of Philosophy in the College of Arts and Sciences focuses its research on the social effects of science, in particular the ethical issues that arise with the new developments in nanotechnology.

The following courses fulfill some of the requirements for bachelor's degree with a major in philosophy:

  • Introduction to Logic I
  • Seminar in Philosophy
  • Ancient Philosophy
  • American Philosophy
  • Ethics in Food

Apply for Undergraduate Admission

Our Office of Undergraduate Admissions provides the most current information on the application process so you can check the requirements based on your current status and find university scholarships.

I loved the professors I met here. They are generous with their time and are intellectually open and curious. This program encouraged me not to be afraid to probe the obvious and squeeze something profound from it. Studying philosophy here has helped me overcome the fear of asking questions.

Grace Regnier
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Graduate Degrees

Offered through the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department of Philosophy’s nationally acclaimed master’s program, established in the 1960s, has prepared students for Ph.D. work at leading universities such as Yale, Duke and Rutgers. The program’s first doctoral students were admitted in 1995. Both programs provide a foundation in logic and the history of philosophy; students may specialize in a broad diversity of areas. 

Graduate Director: Michael Stoeltzner,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School. 

Graduate Director: Michael Stoeltzner,

Application information for this degree is available through The Graduate School.

Apply to Graduate School 

Learn more about The Graduate School, degree options and how to apply for admission to doctoral, master’s, certificate and combination degree programs at South Carolina.