Philosophy Major

Philosophy has been defined as the love of wisdom. In your pursuit of wisdom, examine many of life’s fundamental questions and study the work of the world’s most influential thinkers.

As a student of philosophy, you will become disciplined in thinking, perceptive in discerning issues, articulate in stating problems and open to the thinking of others. Towson University’s program, with a pluralistic and student-centered approach, emphasizes the history of philosophy and the diverse social and cultural settings from which philosophy develops, to which it speaks and with which it interacts. A diverse range of courses are offered, including  new interpretations and new schools of philosophy.

Through coursework, you will develop and  practice analytic and dialectical skills. The sound, clear and systematic thinking that philosophy emphasizes makes this major relevant to all disciplines. Furthermore, it fosters reflection, a prerequisite for leading a good life. The major prepares you to be a critical and creative thinker with a global vision. Join department alumni who have attained positions in finance, marketing, insurance, law, medicine and graduate school.

View degree requirements and course descriptions in the Undergraduate Catalog.

In the Community

We actively reach out to both the Towson community and the Baltimore metropolitan area by sponsoring colloquia, an international conference and two funded lectures series. The program supports two student prizes and works with the student-run Philosophy Forum to sponsor an undergraduate conference, The Journal of Philosophical Ideas, and many public presentations and lectures.

Why Towson University?

Small Class Sizes

Small classes taught by experienced faculty give you a real opportunity to interact with your instructors and fellow classmates.


The beautiful 322-acre campus is in close proximity to a number of places of worship and museums that provide a historical perspective on philosophy and religion.

Scholarships and Awards

The department’s faculty award three essay prizes each year, and a scholarship for an undergraduate philosophy major. Learn more about all of the department’s scholarship opportunities.