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2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog 
2024-25 Western Washington University Catalog

Philosophy, BA

Location(s): WWU - Bellingham

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Department of Philosophy, College of Humanities and Social Sciences

57 credits


Philosophy is among the oldest intellectual disciplines. Among the questions dealt with in philosophy courses are “What is knowledge?”, “What is truth?”, and “Does God exist?” The Philosophy Department believes that consideration of these, and related questions, is fundamental to being educated and, as such, should be of interest to all students. The Department offers a wide range of courses in most of the traditional areas of philosophical concern such as ethics, epistemology, logic, metaphysics, and the history of philosophy.

Why Consider a Philosophy Major?

Work in Philosophy fits well into many pre-professional programs, including law school. Emphasizing, as it does, careful, deep, critical analysis of concepts and problems, Philosophy is an excellent major for students who will seek positions in business and government which require a liberal arts background.

 Contact Information

Major/Transfer Advisor and
Philosophy Department Chair

Ryan Wasserman
Bond Hall 302A

Academic Department Manager
Sùsanna à’Kinlochaline
Bond Hall 302B

 Sample Careers

Attorney | Analyst | Diplomat | Lobbyist | News Writer | Journalist | Clergy | Critic

 Major/Career Resources


How to Declare (Admission and Declaration Process):

Students wishing to declare should contact the department chair or manager. Additional information is available on the department website at chss.wwu.edu/philosophy.

Grade Requirements

A grade of C- or better is required for a student’s major or minor courses, and supporting courses for majors and minors.

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