The Department of Philosophy offers an undergraduate major leading to either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree, allowing students maximal flexibility in tailoring their programs of study to their intellectual interests. Students interested in literature and foreign languages are better served by the B.A. degree track, whereas students interested in the sciences and mathematics are better served by the B.S. degree track. The two degree tracks also allow students in any degree program to easily add philosophy as a second major. Either degree can be received with departmental honors. In addition to the major, the department offers a program of study leading to a minor, which is a rewarding complement to nearly any major, and it coordinates the undergraduate certificate of study in applied ethics.
NIU Career Services provides assistance with career decision making, career preparation, internships, job searches, and graduate school applications. The Philosophy page of the NIU Major WebLinks provides a wealth of career-related information for philosophy majors.
Prospective students with questions about the philosophy programs should contact the department at askPhilosophy@niu.edu.