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Philosophy

Major and Minor

What will I learn?

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.

What does it mean to lead an ethical life? This is the fundamental question the course is designed to help you answer. In order to help you reflect on the nature of an ethical life and determine how you should live such a life, we will investigate how a variety of philosophers have (and continue to) answer this question.

Your gateway to a rewarding future

Get started with an internship. Simpson's location close to the Des Moines metro area provides you with many opportunities. Recent internship experiences have included the Iowa Division of Criminal Investigation, Dwolla and the Center for Rural Affairs in the state of Nebraska.

Continue on to the workforce. Our graduates have gotten jobs in a variety of fields including business, medicine, law, communications and public policy. Employers value this versatile degree as graduates have a deeper and more critical understanding of themselves, their values and the philosophies competing for their allegiance.

Graduate schools are eager to accept Simpson graduates. Philosophy majors have studied at Clemson University, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Iowa, University of Minnesota, University of Missouri in Columbia and Penn State, to name a few.

Are you ready to learn more?

Take a look at the unique opportunities, both inside and outside of the classroom, that the Department of Philosophy has to offer. 

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Simpson Success Stories

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Our students and alumni share how Simpson helped them define achievement on their own terms

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Stephen Henrich '13

Stephen Henrich '13

Triple Major With 4 Years Of Undergraduate Research

Because of Simpson College I’ve had the opportunity to conduct extensive undergraduate research all four years that I have been here.

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Allie Walker '12 and Rawley Butler '13

Allie Walker '12 and Rawley Butler '13

MAT Graduates Follow Their Calling to Travel and Teach

We were aware of the struggles we were going through and made us feel that we weren’t alone. Simpson is a small school, so there is a personal element to every interaction we’ve had at the school. We never felt like a number when we were at Simpson.

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