Philosophy

Disciplinary Major or Minor
(Bachelor of Arts)

Associate Professors – Derek Jeffreys, Hye-Kyung Kim (chair)
Assistant Professor – Christopher Martin

The study of philosophy increases awareness and appreciation of the fundamental intellectual, aesthetic and ethical values of the world in which we live. Like mathematics, economics and chemistry, the discipline of philosophy embodies formal thought, structural relationships, abstract models, symbolic languages and deductive reasoning. Students who develop these skills gain perspective to meet problems squarely, improvise and devise solutions, and overcome unpredictable circumstances in life.

National studies of college graduate test scores attest to the success of philosophy students. They consistently score better than nearly all other majors on the Graduate Record Exam, GMAT and LSAT.

But the value of an education in philosophy extends beyond the domain of personal and academic skills.

As the global community continues to shrink and corporate America restructures, careers will increasingly demand employees who can think critically, disclose hidden assumptions and values, formulate problems clearly, and discern the impact of ideas. The flexibility provided by a background in philosophy can become a career asset.

The undergraduate program in Philosophy is excellent preparation for many other disciplines and professional programs, including teaching, fine arts, natural and social sciences, psychology, and business.

UW-Green Bay Philosophy graduates are actively working in many of those fields. Some have gone on to graduate or professional schools in law, philosophy, and other areas.