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The OSU Philosophy Department offers you an education emphasizing the critical evaluation of foundational ideas, the history of ideas, and familiarity with controversies and critical analysis applied to real-world issues. In philosophy classes, you will read the words of some of the greatest minds who have ever lived, and try to work out their own views about these vital issues. Along the way, you will sharpen your skills of reasoning and argumentation, and deepen your perspective on the world.

The Ethics Center at Oklahoma State University, sponsored and operated by the Philosophy Department, is committed to promoting personal, professional, community, and civic life. Here you will have the opportunity to organize and promote workshops, symposia, conferences, and other forums where those interested, including professional ethicists, faculty, fellow students, and the general public, can study and discuss relevant topics. In addition, you will have the opportunity to take part in research relating to applied and professional ethics.

Courses to expect for this major include Philosophies of Dreams, Philosophy of Films, Patterns in Science, and Philosophy of Religion.


Career Options

A philosophical education cultivates key skills that are valuable for individual development and good citizenship, and they are useful in virtually any profession: the ability to think carefully, analyze and critically assess arguments, and write clearly about complex topics. For this reason, philosophy majors typically outperform most other majors on graduate exams, including the LSAT, GRE, and GMAT. Our graduates enjoy successful careers in a variety of fields.

  • Attorney
  • Business School
  • Minister
  • Cognitive Psychologist
  • Teacher
  • Legislative Aide
  • Editor
  • Substance Abuse Counselor
  • Business Executive
  • Basketball Coach
  • Philosophy Professor
  • Librarian
  • Physician
  • Finance Officer

Finish in Four

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The Finish in Four plans are designed to assist you in an eight semester plan guiding you to graduate within four years. You may use this as a guide to plan your undergraduate education, but you should adjust it to fit your personal goals.

BA - Philosophy
Option - Pre-Law
Option - Pre-Ministry


A Philosophy minor covers historical and current perspectives on how we should live (ethics); what our ‘nature’ is; and how we relate to other things (metaphysics); what we can know, and how (epistemology); as well as the study of logic.

For minor requirements, please visit the Office of Registrar.


Scholarships are available for prospective freshmen, transfer students, current students and continuing students through the University, College of Arts and Sciences, and respective Departments.

When you complete the OSU admission application, you are automatically considered for the University Level scholarships.

Students are eligible for College Level scholarships within the College of Arts and Sciences after completing 12 hours at OSU. Some exceptions may apply. See specific scholarships for criteria.

The Department of Philosophy offers Departmental Level scholarships for eligible students.

Visit the Department

246 Murray Hall
Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma 74078