Wittenberg's philosophy program challenges students to think about social, scientific, personal and ethical issues from a broad range of philosophical traditions.

Why study philosophy? A recent graduate observed, "Studying under the philosophy professors at Wittenberg prompted me to think differently, read and write differently, buy differently, eat differently and vote differently. These aren't habits that you discard after graduation, but ones that you carry with you for the rest of your life."

Philosophy began as an attempt to answer questions about who we are, why we are, where we are and how we should act. In Wittenberg's philosophy program, students learn to think critically and to analyze their own personal and cultural assumptions, as well as to assess the ideas of others. Students analyze arguments and develop strong and effective arguments of their own, skills that help you not only in your academic life, but in both your personal and professional lives as well.

The department's emphasis on small class sizes and individual attention allows students to thrive intellectually and personally. The incorporation of independent study, thesis work, internships and study abroad will only broaden a student's options upon graduation.

Philosophy in the News:

  • Voice of Social Change: Wittenberg Professor Julius Bailey’s “Powerful Text” Offers Critical Insight (published June 22, 2020)
  • Witt Grads Awarded: Alumni-Founded Conscious Connect Earns Library of Congress Award (published September 17, 2019)
  • 2019 Senior Salute-Madison Pangburn: Political Science and Philosophy Major and Pre-Modern Ancient Studies, and Justice, Law and Public Policy Minor Shares Her Wittenberg Experience (published May 1, 2019)
  • Philosophy in Public Spaces: Professor Joins Colleagues in Opening Up Dialogue (published April 10, 2019)
  • Private Screening: Wittenberg Professor Takes Inspiration from Oprah Winfrey to Empower Local Girls with Private Screening of A Wrinkle in Time (published March 15, 2018)
  • New Majors and Minors Added: Justice, Law, Public Policy and Educational Studies Round Out New Major and Minor Offerings at Wittenberg University (published February 13, 2018)
  • Be-Longing: New Book by Wittenberg Professor Examines Personal Journey (published August 11, 2017)
  • Bailey Earns Silver and Gold: Wittenberg University Professor Pulls in Accolades for Recent Book on Race and Class (published October 12, 2016)
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