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About the Program

Philosophy students engage the deepest questions about who we are and how we should live, preparing them to lead reflective and purposive lives. They also learn to develop arguments, think critically and logically, communicate clearly and write succinctly. Many W&M students double major or include a minor in their studies. A philosophy major usually complements the sciences and math, English, history, government and psychology. 

What Makes Us Different

  • Visiting scholars

    Eminent scholars come to campus to give presentations on topics of philosophical and interdisciplinary interests.

  • Annual research conference

    The Annual William & Mary Undergraduate Philosophy Conference is a one- or two-day event where students share and receive feedback on papers and learn from a guest philosopher.

  • Personal Education

    Many seminar-style courses are offered each semester where students can receive detailed feedback on papers and other assignments from faculty.

  • Setting up the future

    Philosophy majors perform in the top 5-10% on graduate school entrance exams like the LSAT, GRE and GMAT.

Applied Learning



Training in critical thinking, logic and analytical writing is highly valuable to prospective employers. W&M alumni pursue graduate study in philosophy and various other academic fields and enter professions such as law and nonprofit management, where training in philosophical analysis is particularly advantageous.

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Department of Philosophy

James Blair Hall Room 121

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Courses Disclaimer

*Courses listed are examples. Course availability changes each semester.