Philosophy Major

Courses in philosophy may be taken by students who seek a deeper and more critical understanding of themselves, their values, and the philosophies competing for their allegiance. The aim is to develop a deepened awareness of the persistent and ultimate questions that people have asked themselves about their world and to provide some significant answers that have been given to these questions.

Allie Walker ’12- Iowa History Center

History and philosophy alum Allie Walker made the most of her time at Simpson as an undergraduate assistant for the Iowa History Center at Simpson College.


  • You will explore and understand the manner in which philosophy aids in the study of all other disciplines, and in the endeavor to formulate and resolve practical problems in contemporary society and culture.
  • You will examine all the main questions of philosophy and their practical implications in relation to what it means to live a good and valuable human life.
  • Classes are taught by professors who are dedicated to researching and publishing in their field and using that research in their classrooms.
  • Professors are committed to promoting student research; you won't just study philosophy, you will become philosophers by doing original research, attending conferences (often with professors) and participating in on-going philosophy/applied philosophy/ethics reading groups on campus.

Jobs and Internships:

  • Iowa division of Criminal Investigation
  • Dwolla Corporation
  • Center for Rural Affairs, State of Nebraska

Graduate Schools:

  • University of Iowa
  • Creighton university
  • University of Minnesota
  • Drake Law School
  • University of Missouri-Columbia
  • University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Course Requirements:

  • Phil 102 Introduction to Philosophy
  • Phil 105 Introduction to Ethics
  • Phil 110 Introduction to Logic
  • Phil 265 Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Phil 340 Value Theory
Choose one of the following:
  • Phil 121 Ancient/Medieval Philosophy
  • Phil 122 Modern Philosophy
Choose one of the following:
  • Phil 211 Feminist Ethics
  • Phil 311 Feminist Philosophy
Choose two 300-level electives in Philosophy
  • Phil 385 Senior Seminar

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