School of Athens painting by Raphael
Why is there something rather than nothing? What can I be certain of? How can I live an ethical life? What is justice? These and others are the big questions that philosophy studies. Asking them is not only worthwhile in itself, fun, and exhilarating; it is of immense practical value as it develops attitudes and skills necessary for a successful career in a wide range of fields and industries.

What we offer

NEIU's Philosophy Program offers both a major (B.A. degree) in Philosophy and minor in Philosophy. Our program of study includes an abundance of interesting and challenging courses. As a student of philosophy, you’re as sure to learn something about the age-old ideas of Plato and Aristotle as the debates about the science, gender, class and race that animate contemporary philosophy. You are also certain to acquire practical and in-demand skills such as critical thinking, persuasive writing, and problem solving.

What our students do

Graduates of NEIU’s Philosophy Program have found success in many fields, including law, business, the arts, and academia. Many point to the education they received as Philosophy majors as pivotal in their development. Read more about NEIU Philosophy graduates, in their own words.

Who we are

NEIU Philosophy faculty are recognized experts in their fields and noted for their excellent teaching. They have specialties in a wide range of topics, including history of philosophy, informal logic, feminism, political theory, philosophy of science, philosophy of ecology, metaphysics, and epistemology.

Learn more

The Philosophy Program hosts a colloquium series and an annual lecture. The events are free and open to the public. They are great opportunities to meet the faculty, students, tour NEIU, or just hear a great philosophy talk. Otherwise, if you're interested in learning more, please email us at or call (773) 442-5795.