Undergraduate Programs

We offer an undergraduate major leading to either a Bachelor of Arts degree or a Bachelor of Science degree, allowing you maximal flexibility in tailoring your program of study to your 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 completed as part of the six-year (3+3) accelerated program leading to the J.D. degree in the College of Law, and either degree can be received with departmental honors.

In addition to the major, the department offers a program of study leading to a minor in philosophy, which is a rewarding complement to nearly any major, it coordinates the undergraduate certificate of study in applied ethics, and it participates in the minor in cognitive studies.

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.

Our Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award Winners

Mylan Engel, 2009 award winner

Mylan Engel
2009

Steven Daskal, 2015 award winner

Steven Daskal
2015

Jason Hanna, 2016 award winner

Jason Hanna
2016

Alicia Finch, 2020 award winner

Alicia Finch
2020

Contact Us

Add/Drop, Course Permits
Jessica Williams
askPhilosophy@niu.edu

Undergraduate Advisor
Prof. Steven Daskal
Zulauf 1026
sdaskal@niu.edu

Transfer Credit
Please email syllabus and info to Prof. Steven Daskal at sdaskal@niu.edu.