Making sense of reality

Professor Sarah Roberts Cady instructing a philosophy class

The study of philosophy explores the fascinating range of theories and worldviews that humans have developed in our attempt to comprehend reality. Our department’s courses provide a strong grounding in the history of philosophy while also exploring contemporary theories and approaches in all four prominent areas of philosophy: metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and logic.


Thinking, reasoning, and always learning

Philosophy at Fort Lewis College


What makes our program stand out

Small classes & active faculty

Philosophy classes here at Fort Lewis College encourage lively debate among students and professors over issues most central to our lives. The Philosophy Club sponsors numerous receptions, talks, and events. We also offer exciting off-campus experiences to students interested in combining philosophy with adventurous trips abroad.

Our small classes mean you get an individualized education from our expert faculty. Because our faculty focus on teaching, they work closely with their students, taking pride in keeping their office doors open, being involved in their students' progress, and tailoring their assistance to each learner's needs. You can learn more about our department right here or download our brochure (PDF). If there is anything that we can do to help, please let us know.

Philosophy in the real world

Choosing a major in philosophy is an excellent choice for many students, as it challenges you to develop your reasoning in a way that supports advanced careers in business and law, or graduate work in the humanities. Many students find it worthwhile to double major in philosophy and another field, such as biology, as preparation for medical school and a career in medicine.