What will I learn?

Program Description

If you’re considering a major or minor in philosophy, you already may contemplate fundamental questions such as: Is there objective truth, or is everything relative? Do we have free will? Is the mind or soul more than the brain? Is morality a matter of opinion, or are there facts about right and wrong? CMU’s philosophy program gives you a foundation in the history of philosophy while also covering more recent developments. Philosophy helps you develop marketable skills in critical thinking, creative problem solving and effective writing. It also prepares you for post graduate education, including law school.

The Philosophy program offers a variety of courses that both make students aware of fundamental philosophical issues such as those about moral and other values, but at the same time strengthen their critical powers and enable them to evaluate better their own beliefs as well as those of other people. Some coursework in this area can benefit students no matter what their field of study.

A major in philosophy is recommended, not only for graduate work in this area, but also as an excellent preparation for law school.

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences (CLASS)

Study options

Full Time (120 hours)

Tuition fees
US$18,936.00 per year
Lower Level Tuition (less than 56 credits): USD $18,936 Per Year (24 credits); Upper Level Tuition (56 credits or more): USD $19,560 Per Year (24 credits)
Application deadline

1 December 2021

Start date

10 January 2022, 29 August 2022


Central Michigan University

1200 S Franklin St,



48859, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have attended all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

For international students

Students are required to complete all secondary and post-secondary institutions.

They must demonstrate a proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (minimum score of 550 PBT, 213 CBT, or 79 IBT)
  • International English Language Testing System (minimum score of 6.5)
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (minimum score of 77)
  • Pearson Test of English (minimum score of 53)
  • ELS Language Center Program: Completion of Level 112

Students competing in intercollegiate athletics must submit a qualifying ACT or SAT score to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Apply by May 15 if you are beginning classes in the fall semester. Apply by October 1 to begin classes in the spring semester.

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