​​Philosophy explores the basic features of lives that often go unexamined. Plato’s Socrates famously said that the unexamined life is not worth living.

The Bryn Mawr Department of Philosophy introduces students to some of the most compelling responses, both historical and contemporary, to questions of human existence and knowledge.

Philosophy students are prepared for a variety of fields which require analysis, conceptual precision, argumentative skill, and clarity of thought and expression. Our students go on to careers in a wide variety of fields, including law, education, social services, the health professions, and administration. Some go on to graduate study in philosophy and a career in philosophy.

The curriculum focuses on three major areas: the systematic areas of philosophy, such as logic, theory of knowledge, metaphysics, ethics, and aesthetics; the history of philosophy through the study of key philosophers and philosophical periods; and the philosophical explication of methods in such domains as art, history, religion, and science.

More information about Philosophy and department opportunities is available on Inside Bryn Mawr.


Amaka Eze ‘19

Philosophy gave Amaka a way to ask questions that interrogate our most basic assumptions.

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Amaka Eze '19
“I think it teaches you how to read differently…read the world in a new way, read people in a new way, read text in a new way, and read yourself in a new way.”

Degree Options

Philosophy major, A.B.

Philosophy minor