Why study philosophy?

With a bachelor of arts in philosophy from VCU, you'll hone your reasoning skills and be able to apply them as you explore carefully reasoned answers to deep questions about the human condition.

You'll also have many opportunities to sharpen your writing skills, increase your openness to rational criticism and learn to disagree about some of life's most important questions in a civil way. Finally, philosophy can equip you for any career that requires careful thinking and the ability to clearly express ideas.

Learn more about the value of a degree in philosophy.


sofia syed

June 23, 2022

Sofia Syed ('22) selected for the Fulbright U.S. Student Program

Congratulations to Sofia Syed ('22) for receiving a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship.

James Fritz

Dec. 16, 2021

VCU philosophy professor receives national award for article exploring morality and rationality of beliefs

“It’s a tremendous honor to have my work selected by the American Philosophical Association for the Routledge, Taylor & Francis Prize,” said James Fritz.

tony ellis playing a guitar

June 30, 2020

Professor and Chair Anthony Ellis retires

Anthony Ellis retired on June 30, 2020. Professor Ellis joined the VCU Philosophy Department in 1990 and has served as department chair since 1999. Best wishes to Professor Ellis in his retirement!

Philosophy Spotlight