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Program Type: Undergraduate

Degree Awarded: B.A. in Philosophy Select the degree to view its requirements and four-year plan.

Department: Sociology, Anthropology, Philosophy

By engaging with fundamental questions about the world and human experience, philosophy prepares students with conceptual and applied skills essential to pursuing a rewarding career and, more importantly, a meaningful life. The philosophy program at NKU is home to exceptionally dedicated faculty with a variety of distinct academic specializations. Our faculty serves to effectively prepare students for success in a fast-growing, technology-driven world, such as information and communication technology, ethics consulting, law (and paralegal professions), health care, journalism, politics and public policy, fundraising and nonprofit work, religion and ministry, business and management.

Program Contacts

Dr. Yaw A. Frimpong-Mansoh
Department Chair

Students in the Spotlight

Brendan Sullivan

Brendan Sullivan

Graduating Year: 2017

Education: Philosophy Major; Criminal Justice Major

Career: Judicial Law Clerk, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Ohio

“I am truly thankful to every Philosophy professor I ever took at NKU because learning the nuance behind philosophical thoughts and theories truly prepared me to understand the law, as well as invigorated me with a desire to seek out difficult academic challenges and take them on.”

Necessary Job Skills: critical thinking, communication, and working in a team.

Career Path: JD, Law, 2021 from Northern Kentucky University Salmon P. Chase College of Law. Class of 2021 valedictorian; Editor-in-Chief, Northern Kentucky Law Review (2020-2021).

Find Your Passions & Build Your Future

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  • Co-curricular Opportunities: We offer various opportunities for you to actively engage with faculty and your fellow students through our vibrant SAPiens Student Society, Phi Sigma Tau national honor society in philosophy, Ethics Bowl Team (which participates annually in regional intercollegiate competitions), Philosophers’ Café (where issues of contemporary interest are raised and discussed in a public forum), Philosophy and Films Series (where feature films with philosophical themes are screened and discussed).
  • Career Explorations: Our innovative, interdisciplinary courses, such as PHI 220: Health Care Ethics, PHI 310: Information Ethics, and PHI 360 Environmental Philosophy provide a glimpse into various career paths that philosopher offers. Or you might be interested in one of the study abroad programs in our department (e.g. Belize, Thailand, Ireland, Kenya, and Fiji) to learn and experience other cultures, and expand your cultural competency.
  • Supportive Learning Community: With organizations and clubs like our Ethics Bowl Team, Philosophers’ Café, Philosophy and Films Series, SAPiens Student Society, you’ll find a supportive learning community to help prepare you for success in your academic studies and career aspirations.

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Financial Aid

A variety of financial assistance is available, from grants to scholarships, loans to veteran benefits.