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Philosophy engages and critically analyzes the perennial questions of human experience, such as the nature of knowledge, meaning, reasoning, morality, the character of the world, God, freedom, human nature, justice and history. Philosophy is thus significant for everyone who wishes to live and act in a reflective and critical manner. Furthermore, the student of philosophy develops critical reasoning ability, acumen in textual analysis and persuasive writing skills useful for application in all disciplines and careers.



Admission to the Program 

Freshmen:  19 composite ACT or 890 combined SAT or top 50% class rank.

Transfer:  Cumulative 2.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale) from all colleges and/or universities attended and be in good academic standing.

Degree Requirements 

Major in Philosophy for the Bachelor of Arts Degree

Required Courses:

PHIL-201 Logic
  3 credits
PHIL-210 Arguing Philosophically (Writing-Intensive)
  3 credits
PHIL-213 Ethics
  3 credits
History of Philosophy* (2 courses)
  6 credits
PHIL-332  Contemporary Philosophy
  3 credits
PHIL-383  Seminar in Philosophy
  3 credits
2 additional philisophy courses at the 300-level
  6 credits
2 Additional philosophy electives
  6 credits
33 credit

*History of Philosophy courses (each 3 credit hours)
PHIL-222 History of Ancient Philosophy
PHIL-231 History of Medieval Philosophy
PHIL-241 History of Modern Philosophy
PHIL-390 Classical Political Theory
PHIL-391 Modern Political Theory

For advising on course selections or questions regarding the philosophy degree contact a one of the Advisors for the program


Careers & Employment 

Philosophy is widely recognized as excellent preparation for a wide array of graduate study. Philosophy majors are typically among the top three majors in performance on the GRE and LSAT. Law schools look especially favorably upon applicants with degrees in philosophy. In addition, with its emphasis on clear and careful reasoning, philosophy can provide a valuable foundation for careers in medicine, business, communication, journalism, politics, social work and education. Philosophers also go on to pursue careers in public administration and policy-making thus utilizing their ability to identify and examine the underlying questions of values and methods often implied in everyday practical decisions.

Program Contact Information 

Philosophy Program Advisors
Dr. Casey can be contacted by email at and by telephone at 773-442-5922.
Dr. Milsky can be contacted by email at and by telephone at 773-442-5798.
Dr. Frankowski can be contacted by email at and by telephone at 773-442-5796.

*To speak to a counselor regarding admission to the university see Admissions Counseling below. The philosophy program advisors cannot assist with counseling for admission to the University. They can only asisst with advising within the philosophy major


University Bachelor Degree Requirements

A minimum of 120 semester hours must be earned by every undergraduate student to be eligible to graduate from Northeastern.

1.  General Education Program:  All undergraduate students must complete the General Education Program requirements consisting of 39 semester hours in the following distribution areas:
Social/Behaviour Sciences (12 hours)
Natural Sciences (9 hours)
Mathematics (3 hours; grade of "C" or higher at college level)
Humanities (9 hours)
Fine Arts (6 hours)
2.  University Requirements:  English Composition I (grade of "C" or higher) and one Improving Human Relations course (consult the schedule of classes or catalog for listing of courses).
3.  Residency:  The last 30 consecutive credit hours must be taken at Northeastern, unless permission is received from the Office of Enrollment Services.

4.  Upper Division:  Students must complete a minimum of 24 semester hours at the 300 level and 18 semester hours at the 200 or 300 level.
5.  Academic Major and Minor:  Undergradute students must complete a major.  Some majors require a minor or set of cognate courses.  Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in all courses counted toward the major, the minor, cognate and profressional sequences.  No "P" grades will count toward a major, moinior or approved area of study.  All grade point average requirements must be met for successful completeion of a program of study.
6.  Grade Point Average:  To be eligible to graduate, a student must have a minimum cumulative 2.0 GPA (overall "C" average).  Some academic programs and departments have other specific grade requirements.  Check with your academic advisor.

Majors must maintain a 2.5 (on a 4.0 scale) grade point average in philosophy courses.

Requirements are subject to change so please refer to the current catalog for up-to-date information.

For Further information see Bachelor's Degree Requirements in Student Resources

Financial Aid

For Financial Aid Information, call (773) 442-5160 or visit the web at  Clock on Financial Aid & Scholarships. 
Northeastern's Federal School code is 001693.
For Foundation Scholarship information, contact Michelle Morrow at or visit the web at   Go to the Prospective Student tab and click on Financial Aid & Scholarships.

Admissions Counseling

Meet an Admission Counselor in the Admissions Counseling Office.  Prospective students are seen on a walk-in basis. 
Admissions office:  (773) 442-4050
Monday -Thursday : 9:00am to 6:30pm
Fridays :  9:00 am to 4:00 pm
For further information, please call (773) 442-6111.


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