Philosophy

Do you seek the answers to life’s most fundamental questions and want to hone your curiosity and critical reasoning abilities into a marketable skill? As a Philosophy major at the University of Central Arkansas you will conduct in-depth analyses of the Great Texts of philosophical thought from around the world, as well as explore your own understandings of social and ethical issues in the modern world and popular culture through research, discussion, and applied learning experiences both in and out of the classroom. Our program prepares students to succeed in graduate, law, and professional programs, or to pursue careers in a variety of fields that greatly value critical thinking, textual analysis, and articulate expression in writing and speech.

As a Philosophy major at UCA, you’ll have access to all of the distinct advantages of the second largest philosophy program in Arkansas with the personal attention more typical of small liberal arts schools. Just a few of the benefits of our program include:

  • Expert Faculty from diverse backgrounds with equally diverse academic interests, who infuse their classrooms with a passion for discourse, extensive professional experience as published authors, and dedication to the success of their students. Instructors also facilitate hands-on learning experiences that are essential to academic and professional growth, such as the Philosophy and Religious Studies essay contests and various workshops at which students present their research, participate in discussions, and interact with peers and innovators in the field.
  • Educating for Global Engagement (EDGE) offers students internships, undergraduate research, service learning, and study abroad opportunities, such as travel to the British Isles, France, and Italy. To find out more about the possibilities associated with this program, visit the EDGE webpage at: http://uca.edu/liberalarts/edgeplan/.
  • Student Organizations, such as the PhiRe Club, which encourages networking between UCA students interested in philosophy and religion; and Phi Sigma Tau – the International Philosophy Honor Society – which promotes student interest in research and advanced study of philosophy, provides opportunities for the publication of student research papers, encourages a professional spirit and friendship among those who have displayed marked ability in this field, and popularizes philosophy through a variety of events and activities, including a Philosophy Research Forum for the presentation of original philosophical work by both students and faculty and the Philosophy and Religion Film and Lecture Series.
  • Professional Development through transformative internship opportunities, which provide students with experience in the field, community connections, and a proven work record. Recent intern sites have included a local women’s shelter, political campaigns, the community police department, and local archives.
  • Employment Opportunities include research, fundraising, counseling, grant writing, public policy, regional planning, city management, foreign service, law enforcement, campaign management, special interest advocacy, journalism, advertising, and public relations, just to name a few.

To learn more about the exciting opportunities for personal and professional development available to you through the Philosophy major at the University of Central Arkansas, visit http://uca.edu/philosophy/programs/philosophy/.