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Undergraduate Degrees and Minors in Philosophy

Earn your BA in philosophy degree and prepare to change the way you think about everything.

The study of philosophy is the consideration of the fundamental problems of life. But more practically, a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy will prepare you to be able to think critically on just about every topic, which can be applied to a variety of careers, ranging from law and business to the arts. Whether you’re interested in rigorous yet flexible career preparation, or thoughtful analysis about reality, truth, meaning and justice, a BA in philosophy degree is for you. And BSU’s Department of Philosophy offers many concentrations to customize your philosophy education.

Bridgewater State University’s passionate faculty members are dedicated to helping you learn in a stimulating environment where you’ll explore the critical problems facing the world. You’ll graduate from the philosophy program prepared to begin graduate studies or pursue successful careers in a range of professions.

Philosophy Program Highlights

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Study with honors

BSU’s chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the international honors society for philosophy, is open to sophomores and higher — you don’t have to be a bachelor’s degree in philosophy student — with a 3.0 average in two or more philosophy classes and a 3.2 cumulative GPA.
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Join the club

Get together with other BA in philosophy students in the BSU Philosophy Club. Along with publishing the annual BSU Philosophy Journal, members meet weekly to talk about philosophy and other topics.
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Earn your Bachelor of Philosophy from a dedicated and diverse faculty

BSU’s philosophy faculty represent many perspectives on a variety of areas. They include several nationally and internationally recognized scholars, a senior fellow of a leading Canadian think tank, and an ethics consultant at Harvard Medical School.

Academic and career success

Each faculty member works closely with you and Career Services to cultivate personalized advising relationships that will inform your education at Bridgewater and your career afterwards.

Choose from four concentrations

Besides the general major in philosophy, our bachelor’s degree in philosophy program offers areas of specialization that allow you to focus on your goals and interests, from exploring analytic philosophies to the history of philosophy.

Pathway to grad school

As a BA in philosophy student, you’ll gain valuable skills and experience that will prepare you to join the workforce right after graduation or further your education in a graduate program.

Earn your law degree

BSU now has a 3+3 program in partnership with UMass Law. Through this accelerated program, you may complete your bachelor's degree in philosophy at Bridgewater and your JD law degree at UMass Law in a total of six years, instead of the usual seven.

Program of study for Bachelor of Philosophy students

Through a bachelor’s degree in philosophy, you’ll discover the history of philosophy and how critical thinking enhances your ability to resolve problems, analyze concepts, and help organize what is essential and what is clutter when presented with information.

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Program details from 2023-2024 Undergraduate/Graduate Catalog

“The Bachelor of Philosophy program and faculty at BSU are not only outstanding, but they provided me with the critical thinking skills that are necessary to become a successful lawyer. The BSU philosophy program was essential in spring-boarding me to where I am today as an attorney.”
Gregory Alcaro, '11
Philosophy, BA

Careers with a Bachelor of Philosophy degree

A Bachelor of Arts in philosophy provides critical thinking and analytical skills that are applicable to almost every profession. Across the nation, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy are top scorers on the LSAT exam and are consistently top performers in the GRE and GMAT graduate school entrance exams. You could pursue careers in fields as varied as:

  • Law
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Management
  • Public health
  • Journalism
  • Government
  • Education
  • Publishing

of BSU philosophy majors are employed within 6 months of graduation.

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Continue your education beyond your bachelor's degree in philosophy

Your undergraduate philosophy degree may provide the perfect steppingstone to advanced study.

BSU also now offers a 3+3 program in partnership with UMass Law to complete your BA in philosophy and your JD law degree in a total of six years.