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.


Group photo of May 2023 philosophy graduates at the departmental graduation ceremony

May 15, 2023

Congratulations to our May and August 2023 philosophy graduates!

Eighteen philosophy majors are graduating.

Fraser Trotter works part-time at Velocity Comics on Broad Street and as a tutor in VCU’s Department of Philosophy. (Photo by Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications.)

April 25, 2023

Class of 2023: Fraser Trotter went back to college after dropping out years earlier. At VCU, he earned straight A’s and is headed to a top law school.

Trotter, a philosophy major, thought he’d missed his chance at a college degree but found success at Virginia Commonwealth University.

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March 7, 2023

Fall 2023 PHIL 490 Seminar: Identity and Existence

Announcing the topic and course description for this fall's Seminar in Philosophy

Philosophy Spotlight