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Human Behaviors, Cultures, Languages, and Literatures


Bachelor of Arts


  • Oxford
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  • On Campus
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Reflect on the Nature of Life

Philosophy is the study of the ideals through which we understand ourselves and our world. It asks questions about who we are, the nature of the universe, and what it means to lead a good life. You’ll reflect on important texts of human thought, evaluate conflicting claims, and learn to develop clear, meaningful arguments.

Contact Info

Michael Hicks

Lead Departmental Advisor

Department of Philosophy

212 Hall Auditorium

101 S Campus Ave

Oxford, OH 45056


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Curriculum and Courses

The courses you choose will open up a wealth of career opportunities — not lock you into one occupation. You’ll extend your education way beyond the classroom to every area of your life.

  • PHL 245 Writing Philosophy
  • PHL 265 Confronting Death
  • PHL 394 Existentialism
  • PHL 335 Philosophy of Law
  • PHL 376 Environmental Philosophy

At Miami, there's something for everyone

Course Catalog

Career Options

Studying philosophy provides students with valuable skills that prepares them for success in a variety of careers. Philosophy majors have gone on to further study or careers in law, government, medicine, education, administration, business, social work, public service, the military, public relations, library work, publishing, and systems analysis.

Additional Opportunities

  • Double Major

    Many philosophy students are double majors. All fields go well with a philosophy major because philosophy critically studies the origins and assumptions of human knowledge of all kinds. Our department has had double majors from Economics, Political Science, Physics, Biology, English, and many other areas.

  • Exam Preparation

    Another more professional reason why you should study philosophy is that it provides excellent preparation for the exams required for studying law, medicine, business, and graduate school in the humanities. Proof of this is that philosophy majors perform among the top 5 on the LSAT, MCAT, GRE, and other entrance exams.

Facts and Stats

Your college experience here will be one of the most exciting times of your life. To make sure of this, we’ll provide you with a powerful support system.

  • 90% First-to-second year retention

    Miami University Data

  • 21st Among Public Universities in the United States for Four-Year Graduation Rate

    The Chronicle of Higher Education Almanac

  • 96% of 2018-2019 graduates who were employed or furthering their education by fall 2019

    Miami University Data


  • One of the most useful skills I've learned from philosophy is the art of arguing. It involves just as much listening as it does making clear, rational points. It has forced me to slow down and think deeply.

    Harsh Agrawal ’20
    Philosophy, Pre-Medical Studies

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This is Where Your Journey to Miami University Begins.

Explore what it means to be a college student at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where students prepare to go anywhere and everywhere. We’ll be here to help every step of the way as you prepare for college admission, enrollment, and success.

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