Carnegie Mellon University

The Major in Philosophy

  • Provides students with a broad humanities education and sharpens their analytical skills
  • Complements majors from around the university, including those with a highly technical focus
  • Coursework focuses on: History of Philosophy, Values and Normative Theory, Logic & Philosophy of Mathematics, Epistemology, and Philosophy of Mind
  • Areas of emphasis include: Law & Social Policy, Philosophy of Science, Ethics, and others


The curriculum of the major is designed to be flexible. Students take courses in areas including Values and Normative Theory, Logic and Philosophy of Mathematics, Epistemology, Philosophy of Mind, and History of Philosophy. You can learn more about the curriculum and major requirements in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Philosophy is also offered as a minor, which focuses on the same skills as the major, but requires only five courses.

Beyond the Degree

Philosophy majors can go on to do...well, just about anything.

Students who major in philosophy (as a primary or additional major), go on to careers and graduate schools including:

  • Law
  • Education
  • Marketing Communications
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Finance

...and more.