Philosophy

The philosophy degree programs at Webster specialize in philosophies that address everyday existence. Philosophy students develop a strong background in the areas of general philosophical concern, which prepares them for graduate work in philosophy as well as continued education in other fields.

Webster's philosophy courses cultivate habits of thinking critically and communicating effectively about significant matters to help people live more meaningful, creative, and productive lives. The department offers traditional courses such as History of Philosophy, Ethics, Political Philosophy, Aesthetics, Epistemology, and Logic, as well as more in-depth topical courses such as:

  • Philosophy and Women
  • International Human Rights
  • Pragmatism
  • Philosophy and Film
  • Philosophy of Sex and Love
  • Existentialism
  • Philosophy and Psychoanalysis
  • Environmental Ethics

Other exciting aspects of the philosophy programs are its international components: modern philosophy at Webster Vienna, Asian Philosophies at Webster Thailand, and other study abroad opportunities are available to Webster students. Philosophy students also contribute to an annual journal of student work, Sophia, and the student-run Philosophy Club organizes an on-campus philosophy conference for undergraduate research from around the country.

Emphasis in Ethics and Society

The philosophy major with an emphasis in ethics and society affords students the opportunity to concentrate on ethical, social, and political philosophy. Beyond the classroom, students apply philosophical theories to issues and problems arising in public life. Undergrads also enhance their critical thinking skills, explore the relevance of moral theory to moral decision-making, develop and defend positions of their own and evaluate moral problems through several theoretical frameworks.

Career Opportunities

Webster University philosophy graduates have gone on to pursue careers in law, governmental policy-making, community service, international relations, research review, and analysis of professional codes, and many pursue advanced studies in philosophy or other disciplines.

Philosophy Academic Programs

To read about specific program requirements, learning outcomes and how to apply, click on a program from the following list:

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