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 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 The Career Pathway Dashboard provides a wealth of career-related information, aligned with NIU degree programs.

Prospective students with questions about the philosophy programs should contact the department at philosophy@niu.edu.

Our Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award Winners

Mylan Engel, 2009 award winner

Mylan Engel

Steven Daskal, 2015 award winner

Steven Daskal

Jason Hanna, 2016 award winner

Jason Hanna

Alicia Finch, 2020 award winner

Alicia Finch


Lenny Clapp

Contact Us

Add/Drop, Course Permits
Melinda Davis

Undergraduate Advisor
Prof. Steven Daskal
Zulauf 1026

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