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.


High school students at the VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy participate in a mock trial at the Academic Learning Commons at VCU in July. Among several activities during the weeklong camp focused on the concept of justice, the students discussed with VCU faculty and students what guilt "beyond a reasonable doubt" truly means. (Kevin Morley, University Marketing)

Aug. 1, 2022

‘It’s a way of thinking’: VCU summer camp opens high school students’ eyes to philosophy

The VCU Summer Camp in Philosophy, held for the first time this year, saw high school students prepare presentations on ethics and moral philosophy around abortion, cloning, euthanasia, legalization of drugs, racism and more.

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.

Philosophy Spotlight

Meet Stephen

When Stephen Ingram took his first philosophy class, he felt like he was stepping into a deeper world, one where he was equipped to uncover the things that matter most in life. Visit our 'Meet a Student' page to read more about Stephen's favorite classes, favorite professors and how his major is allowing him to become a more developed thinker.

Stephen Ingram