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What will I learn in a philosophy degree program?

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree from the University of Nevada, Reno broadly covers the discipline of philosophy, in both substance and methodology, developing students’ analytical and communicative abilities while attempting to understand the nature of reality and human experience. Students in this general track master foundational concepts in logic, history of philosophy, metaphysics and epistemology, and the philosophy of science.

Students navigate some of the deepest questions human beings have asked - questions about the basic character of reality, the limits of knowledge, the place of mind in nature, the best life for a person and the most decent society for us all, among others. Students will not find easy answers, but they will think clearly about the options while honing analytical and imaginative skills that will prepare them for a host of exciting careers.

Areas of emphasis in the philosophy program

  • History of philosophy

    The Department of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno offers an emphasis in the history of philosophy. Explain and interpret the ideas associated with major figures and movements in philosophy, and analyze issues and problems in the different main branches of philosophical inquiry.

  • Metaphysics and epistemology

    The Department of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno offers an emphasis in metaphysics and epistemology. Learn to distinguish better and worse reasoning, and recognize relevant logical relationships and patterns of inference.

  • Ethics and value theory

    The Department of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno offers an emphasis in ethics and value theory. Learn to show what is at stake in an abstract debate, historical or contemporary, and indicate how a philosophical view might have concrete implications or make a difference in theory or practice.

  • Ethics, law and politics B.A.

    The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy: ethics, law and politics degree from the University of Nevada, Reno allows students to develop crucial skills for the workplace, such as critical thinking and persuasive speaking and writing, while investigating concrete problems in value theory. Students in this more specialized track gain expertise in core concepts governing debates in bioethics, legal theory, politics and contemporary moral issues.

    The philosophy major with a specialization in ethics, law and politics at the College of Liberal Arts is designed for students who wish to study philosophy with emphasis on topics in ethics, legal philosophy and political philosophy. The major covers the basic areas of philosophy — including required courses and three emphasis areas — but the ethics, law and politics specialization puts the greatest emphasis on value theory. Students who wish to pursue careers in law, or other professions that stress theory, will benefit from this major.

  • Minor

    The Department of Philosophy at the University of Nevada, Reno also offers a minor in philosophy and in ethics, law and politics. A minor in philosophy can open up doors to a number of career opportunities or graduate schools (such as law or medical school) that value critical thinking, innovative problem-solving and superior communication skills.

You can afford the University of Nevada, Reno

46% of undergraduate students receive financial aid

Almost everyone is eligible to receive financial aid. If you think your family’s income is too high to qualify for financial aid, you might be surprised.

50%+ of all students graduate with no debt

That's right. More than half of our students leave the University of Nevada, Reno with no student debt.

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