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Philosophy bends the mind and sharpens the wits while confronting life’s deepest questions. When you study philosophy at DePauw, you will learn to analyze complex material, think critically, distinguish good from bad reasoning and develop and defend your own ideas.

Participate in class discussions that fuel curiosity. When taken in conjunction with appropriate courses in other disciplines, a philosophy major or minor prepares students for professional fields such as law, medicine, business, journalism and government.

Kyle Smitley ‘07

My experiences at DePauw shaped my outlook on my role in society.-Kyle Smitley ‘07

Areas of Study




Junn Dunn at Prindle

Internships Students Have Participated In:

  • LNE Group, consulting

  • Epigenetics Institute at UPenn School of Medicine, summer internship

  • U.S. House of Representatives, aid

  • Mayor’s office, Greencastle, Ind., intern

  • Jordanian Embassy, Washington D.C.

  • Criminal defense attorney’s office, Bloomington, Ind., internship

  • Indiana State Senate, Indianapolis

  • Reforestation, education and community development project, Ranomafana, Madagascar

Graduate Programs

Graduate schools students have attended:

  • Case Western Reserve School of Medicine

  • Columbia University

  • Georgetown University Law

  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law

  • Indiana University School of Medicine

  • Loyola University, Chicago

  • Southern Methodist University

  • University of Colorado Boulder

  • Washington University

  • Yale Law School

students at the state house

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  • Jeff Dunn, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts. Research interests: epistemology, philosophy of science.
  • Marcia McKelligan, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Research interests: bioethics, philosophy of death, early modern philosophy.
  • Erik Wielenberg, Ph.D., University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Research interests: meta-ethics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind.
  • Jeremy Anderson, Ph.D., University of California, Irvine. Research interests: political philosophy, early modern philosophy, philosophy of law.
  • Jennifer Everett, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder. Research interests: environmental philosophy, animal ethics, social justice.
  • Rich Cameron, Ph.D., University of Colorado, Boulder. Research interests: ancient philosophy, metaphysics, metaphilosophy.
  • Joseph Porter, Ph.D., University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. Research interests: ethics, political philosophy, PPE (philosophy, politics and economics).
  • Tucker Sechrest, Ph.D., Binghamton University. Research interests: political philosophy, philosophy of law, ethics.