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What will I learn?

Philosophy is the study of the basic concepts - such as reality, truth, and goodness - which underlie the more specialized pursuits of science, art, education, religion, etc. Although students often study philosophy for its own sake, the general perspective it provides, and the critical thinking skills it develops, are of immense practical value in any profession.

The baccalaureate degree in philosophy is the accepted major for those planning to enter graduate school in philosophy. It is, however, an excellent pre-law and pre-seminary degree and, because of its general nature, philosophy is highly appropriate as a double major with any other concentrated field of study.

The standard program leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy has a major requirement of 30 hours, including Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Logic, Introduction to Ethics, History of Philosophy, Parts I and II, and Seminar in Philosophy. The final 12 hours, including six that must be PHI courses, are to be selected in consultation with, and with approval by, the major advisor.

The department also offers a minor in philosophy, with the requirements being 15 hours of PHI courses.

Students considering either a major or minor in philosophy should meet with one of the department’s advisors as early in their careers as possible.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (124 hours)

Tuition fees
US$24,900.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023

Venue

Mississippi State University

Starkville Campus, 25 Old Main,

101 Montgomery Hall,

MISSISSIPPI STATE,

Mississippi,

39762, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have completion of Secondary school credentials and college credits from non-U.S. institutions.

For international students

Applicants must have completion of Diploma from secondary school or secondary leaving examination.

English Language Proficiency

  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS): minimum band score of 6.0.
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL): minimum 525 for paper-based test, 197 for computer-based test, and 71 for Internet-based test
  • English portion of the ACT: minimum 19.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

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