There is no career whose foundations are untouched by philosophy. Philosophy graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Platteville are now employed in many professions, as there is always a demand for able and thoughtful people.

What is Philosophy?

Philosophy literally means the “love of wisdom.”

This intellectual discipline enables us to think more critically and rigorously, and then develop genuine insights about some of the most fundamental questions of life: What is human nature? Do humans have a free will? What is genuine happiness? What makes an action to be right or wrong? What can we know for certain? Does God exist?

By challenging students to think carefully about perennial questions like these, the philosophy program provides a pathway to a fulfilling life of the mind.

Philosophical questions are raised across the whole range of human experience, and by a variety of academic disciplines. Furthermore, most students who graduate with a philosophy major apply their knowledge in professions other than the academy. Consequently, the interdisciplinary philosophy major enables students to acquire a foundation of knowledge in philosophy, complemented by knowledge in a companion discipline related to their philosophical or career interests.

Philosophy at UW-Platteville

The philosophy program offers both a major and minor, encompassing the whole sweep of the history of philosophy rather than any particular philosophy.

It also offers important courses if you are majoring in other disciplines, such as:

  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Philosophy of Law

A student majoring in philosophy may graduate with honors in philosophy by maintaining a high grade point average, and in the senior year completing an independent research project.

Employment Opportunities

Studying philosophy can be your path to making a life, but also to making a living.

The study of philosophy is valuable to you as a person, no matter what specific career you may have in mind. After attaining a bachelor’s degree, many students go on to graduate school in philosophy, or to prepare for a professional career in:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Business
  • Ministry
  • Journalism
  • The arts

Administration & Faculty

Mary Lenzi
Associate Professor
Shane Drefcinski
Department Chair & Professor
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Associate Professor
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Lecturer
Dale Murray
Professor