Studying Philosophy

Fort Lewis College offers both major and minor programs in philosophy. Students have exciting opportunities for summer travel courses that explore philosophical traditions in cultures abroad as well as in the American Southwest. All liberal arts students, regardless of major, benefit from exposure to a philosophical exploration of their worldview, a comparison with other belief systems, and an analysis of their own underlying assumptions and values. If you are considering a major or minor in philosophy, please don't hesitate to speak with one of our faculty members.

Majoring in Philosophy

Majoring in philosophy is a good choice for many students, but especially those planning on graduate work in the humanities and those planning on pursuing a law degree or an MBA. Many students find it worthwhile to double major in philosophy and another field (e.g. philosophy and biology as preparation for medical school).

Click here to view all requirements for majoring in Philosophy.

Minoring in Philosophy

Minoring in philosophy is an excellent choice for almost any liberal arts student, and some students find it more amenable than double-majoring in two fields. A minor in philosophy can enhance one's preparation for a career in business, education, or the sciences.

Click here to view all requirements for minoring in Philosophy.


  • Great for double majors - Majoring in Philosophy is a good choice if you intend to pursue graduate work in the humanities, a law degree, or an MBA. You may even find it worthwhile to double major in Philosophy and another field.
  • Summer travel programs - These experiences offer you off-campus experiences to explore philosophical traditions in cultures abroad as well as in the American Southwest. Examples of past programs include:
    • Costa Rica: Environmental Ethics
    • Greece: The Cradle of Civilization
    • France: Art & Philosophy
  • Philosophy Club - The student-run organization organizes receptions, talks, and events throughout the school year.

Beyond the Degree

Once you graduate, you are qualified for any related graduate program. Earning this degree also leads to careers in such fields as:

  • Business
  • Conflict mediation
  • Corporate leadership
  • Counseling
  • Diplomacy
  • Law
  • Library science
  • Medicine
  • Ministry
  • Philosophy
  • Teacher education

For any career, this degree establishes your written and oral communication skills. You will gain demonstrable experience with applying analytical and conceptual skills, critical evaluation, and the techniques of formal logic to formulate and support positions on major issues. You will be able to apply the tools, methods, and knowledge from the Philosophy program to any field requiring rigorous reasoning and analysis.


Our graduates are working with these organizations:

  • American Diabetes Association
  • Central Michigan University
  • The Mayo Clinic
  • Mercury Payment Systems
  • National Park Service
  • Stanley Black & Decker
  • U.S. Justice Department
  • U.S. Navy Legal Services Office
  • University of California, Merced
  • University of Houston
  • Volunteers of America
  • Wagenlander & Heisterkamp law firm

Our graduates have attended these graduate schools:

  • Boston College
  • Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • Notre Dame Law School
  • San Francisco State University
  • Tulane University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Colorado Law School
  • University of Colorado School of Medicine
  • University of Hawaii at Manoa
  • University of Missouri
  • University of New Mexico School of Law
  • University of Pennsylvania
  • University of San Diego School of Law


“The philosophy courses I’ve taken at Fort Lewis have influenced my life more than any other courses I’ve ever taken, from my career decisions to my personal life. They have changed not only what I think about, but the way I think. You’d be hard-pressed to find philosophy professors in any other school that are as good at what they do and as involved with their students as the philosophy professors here.”

- Adam Hamilton