Major in Philosophy

Students enrolled in the Philosophy program explore the historical trajectory of philosophical thought and its current applications in many professional and academic fields. Philosophy is a critical and reflective discipline, the study of which strengthens students' evaluative and moral reasoning skills and prepares students to succeed in future endeavors such as law school, seminary, medicine, business, computer science, and education. Students may earn a major or minor in Philosophy.

“A feeling of wonder is what marks the philosopher, and philosophy begins in wonder.”
–Socrates, from Plato’s Theaetus

Plato and Aristotle
Plato and Aristotle, Greek philosophers

“Empathy is not simply a matter of trying to imagine what others are going through, but having the will to muster enough courage to do something about it. In a way, empathy is predicated upon hope.”

–Cornel West

Cornel West

Dr. Cornel West, contemporary philosopher

Murray State University Department of English and Philosophy


The requirements listed above are an example of what is applicable to most students entering Murray State University under the 2013-14 academic bulletin. Criteria as they may relate to individual students may vary. The primary source is the Murray State bulletin applicable at the time of the student enrollment; if you enrolled prior to the 2013-14 academic year, consult the registrar's listing for your applicable bulletin.

Dr. Rory Goggins
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Murray State University
Murray KY 42071-3341
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