Give critical consideration to controversial issues, learn the philosophies of other cultures, and gather insight of the mysteries of human life.

1:4 Faculty-student ratio
100% research project completion
9 Regular Faculty
49 Undergraduate Philosophy majors
What Is a Degree in Philosophy?

Major in philosophy at Virginia Tech to engage with the world of ideas and learn effective reasoning. Work with award-winning faculty to gain hands-on experience through special projects, study abroad, and internships. The major offers a degree track in pre-medical professions for students interested in pursuing careers in health or medicine. The philosophy major positions you for graduate and professional school as well as a variety of careers in business, education, government, journalism, law, medicine, and public policy.

Why Study Philosophy Here?

Philosophy students best-trained in the ability to understand and evaluate reasoning. Instead, the discipline provided by philosophical training prepares students for a variety of professional and scholarly fields where independent judgment, conceptual dexterity, and intellectual acumen are required. The skills of philosophy are universal skills, basic to professional expertise in fields such as law, business, journalism, and education. This accounts for why philosophy majors are among the most sought-after of all university graduates.

What Our Students Are Saying

“If I were to start again as an undergraduate, I would major in philosophy. I think that subject is really at the core of just about everything we do. If you study humanities or political systems or sciences in general, philosophy is really the mother ship from which all of these disciplines grow.”

Matthew Goldstein

"My philosophy courses did more to prepare me for my career as a business analyst than my graduate engineer classes did. I am a much better writer than most of my peers because of the work I did in philosophy. In addition, I am able to quickly become proficient in new business areas in large part because of the practice and experience I gained plowing through densely written, information-packed prose. I also think I am better able to communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds"

from Business Analyst
Philosophy Community

Philosophy Club

The members of Philosophy Club believe in the importance of wisdom. We believe in challenging assumptions and leaving nothing unquestioned: ignorance may be blissful, but it is not fulfilling.  We desire to recognize our own ignorance and to do everything we can to overcome it. Realizing that recognizing one's own ignorance can be difficult for many reasons, we gather together to help each other overcome it and take the necessary steps to being that much wiser.

Joe Pitts, the philosophy department's acting chair, teaches an aesthetics philosophy course. An endowment will be created to support graduate students in the department of philosophy and will be named after Pitts following his retirement. students, classroom

Careers and Further Study

Kristin Sorenson

What Do I Do with a Major in Philosophy?

Our students earn real-world experience that helps them land a job when they graduate and history training that's relevant regardless of their career path. Many choose to go on to graduate school to pursue research interests and an advanced degree.

Here are some common jobs our graduates take after graduation:

 

  • Executive Trainer
  • Business Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • Lawyer
  • Municipal Finance Director
  • Family Therapist
  • Homemaker
  • Architect
  • Community College Technology Instructor:
  • High School Spanish Teacher
  • Nurse

 

From a business analyst:

"My philosophy courses did more to prepare me for my career as a business analyst than my graduate engineer classes did. I am a much better writer than most of my peers because of the work I did in philosophy. In addition, I am able to quickly become proficient in new business areas in large part because of the practice and experience I gained plowing through densely written, information-packed prose. I also think I am better able to communicate with people of different cultural backgrounds"

To learn more about career opportunities in philosophy, contact: clahs_phil@vt.edu

Interested in learning philosophies of other cultures, and gather insight of the mysteries of human life?


Prospective Students, please call Monica Kimbrell at 540-231-7602 or email: mkimbrel@vt.edu

Current students for academic support and advising, please call  Joseph Pitt at 540-231-5760 or email: jcpitt@vt.edu

Visit our office at 237 Major Williams, Blacksburg, VA 24061 

Contact Us

Joseph C Pitt, Director of Undergraduate Studies
237 Major Williams
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-5760
jcpitt@vt.edu

Monica KimbrellDirector of Student Recruitment and Career Development
232 Wallace Hall, 
295 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061 
540-231-7602
mkimbrel@vt.edu

Holly Belcher, Undergraduate Program Specialist
229 Major Williams Hall
220 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24060
540-231-4564
hollymb2@vt.edu

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