B.A. in Philosophy

Philosophers seek wisdom by asking fundamental questions about what there is (metaphysics), what we can know (epistemology), what kinds of people we should be (ethics), what is beauty (aesthetics), and how we should reason (logic). A major in philosophy will help students to develop critical reading and thinking skills to answer some of life’s most difficult questions.

Otterbein University’s philosophy program prepares students go on to graduate or professional schools, usually in law, medicine or business. It also is a good background for many careers, including teaching, nursing, art, communication, psychology and music.

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)
1. Students should be able to explain and/or use the fundamental concepts they learn in their classes. Knowledgeable
2. Students should be able to reconstruct arguments in a philosophical text. Engaged
3. Students should be able to formulate a well-reasoned argument for a position. Multi-literate
4. Students should be able to construct clearly written, well-structured essays. Multi-literate
5. Students should be able to discuss philosophy in a thoughtful and engaging manner. Inquisitive
6. Students will be able to reflect on how they can apply what they have learned to their lives beyond the classroom. Responsible

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.