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Philosophy Major

In the philosophy major at Georgia Southern University, you can choose to concentrate in Religious Studies or Law with each path offering a unique perspective on critical thinking and ethical reasoning. This program is more than just theory; it’s about applying philosophical concepts to real-world issues, preparing you for advanced studies and many different career paths. Engage in stimulating discussions, develop strong analytical skills and explore the profound questions of existence, morality and society in a supportive environment.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
Format: In person on the Statesboro Campus or the Armstrong Campus in Savannah
Credit Hours: 124


Concentrations for the Major in Philosophy

In the Philosophy major at Georgia Southern, you have the option to tailor your studies with a concentration that aligns with your interests. The Religious Studies concentration allows you to explore various religious philosophies and their influence on culture and society. These concentrations are designed to enhance your critical thinking, open new perspectives and prepare you for various career paths or further studies. You’ll engage with complex ideas and learn to articulate your thoughts clearly, skills that are valuable in any field you choose to pursue.

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What Philosophy Classes Will You Need?

Engage your mind with foundational courses in critical thinking and ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, then expand your world view as you explore a range of electives including:

  • Religion and Media
  • Religion and Science
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Philosophy of Race and Law
  • Contemporary Moral Problems
  • Existentialism
  • White Collar Crime
  • Administrative Law
  • Judicial Politics
  • Immigration Law and Policy

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What can you do with a philosophy degree? 

A major in Philosophy from Georgia Southern University equips you for various career paths. Graduates often pursue roles in law, research, social work, public relations, marketing and business. The program enhances your critical thinking and communication skills, making you a strong candidate for graduate studies and careers that require ethical decision-making and problem-solving. 

Alumni Spotlight

Cameron Lewellen

Cameron Lewellen is currently working as a Healthcare Partner Business Manager for VMWare where he is responsible for creating partnerships with field sellers.

“Philosophy as a field of study gave me a firm foundation from which I have been able to build a successful career in technology. I use the logic, ethics, and existential principles that I learned through my college curriculum and have found that my foundation gives me a decided advantage when it comes to problem solving and critical thinking.”


Undergraduate Academic Advisement at Georgia Southern is provided to all degree-seeking undergraduate students by professional advisors. Academic Advisors are located on all three Georgia Southern University campuses. Students are required to meet with their assigned Academic Advisor at least once a semester. For more information visit the Academic Advisement catalog page.

What will you learn with a major in philosophy?

1: Discipline-Specific Knowledge Base

Graduates with a BA degree in Philosophy will accurately and clearly present and explain the thought of a philosopher or philosophical theory, demonstrating a strong background in discipline-specific knowledge including the history and major periods of Philosophy, major thinkers, and major fields of study and theories of Philosophy.

2: Critical Reasoning

Graduates with a BA degree in Philosophy will think through complex issues with clarity as they critically evaluate philosophical positions, identifying central arguments and their support.

3: Independent Philosophical thought

Graduates with a B.A. in Philosophy will independently evaluate the material with sufficient creativity and originality, supporting their positions with well-reasoned argumentation, providing a thesis that is properly stated, focused, and clear, and defending this thesis in a way that is well-organized and well-supported.


Contact Us

Chair Dr. Karin Fry, Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
Newton Building Room 3307 C

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Last updated: 12/21/2023