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.


Ty Phillips, an aspiring doctor majoring in biology and philosophy, says he "loves all sciences, all sorts of knowledge." (Kevin Morley, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

April 26, 2024

Class of 2024: Ty Phillips brings a philosophical approach to his VCU years, medical hopes and life in general

As a double-major student, EMT and aspiring doctor, he embraces his natural curiosity and commitment to community.

National Endowment for the Humanities grants will help to establish a health humanities minor and support a professor’s book project. (Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

April 18, 2024

National Endowment for the Humanities awards two grants to VCU projects

One will establish a health humanities minor, while the other supports a professor’s book project on visual images of African Americans in leisure contexts from slavery through the Jim Crow era.

Carlton Nivens, who graduated from VCU with a philosophy degree, has a full-time job at CodeVA. (Tom Kojcsich, Enterprise Marketing and Communications)

Dec. 20, 2023

Class of 2023: Carlton Nivens found a ‘Pathway’ to VCU, and he pays it forward with a commitment to mentoring

Philosophy graduate with a computer science minor has supported peers and youth through CodeVA and tribal engagement.

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