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Philosophy is a branch of the language arts and involves the study of truths or principles underlying all knowledge. Philosophical study involves the analysis, interpretation, and logical explanation of what people believe, value and do. Among the major sub-branches are metaphysics (the study of reality and being), epistemology (the study of knowledge), logic (the study of principals and reasoning), and ethics (the study of values and morals).

The Department of Philosophy at the University of Texas at Austin is one of the largest in the United States and sponsors an excellent undergraduate program. Over 300 students are majoring in philosophy, and thousands more learn about philosophical thinking in the Department's many undergraduate course offerings. The Department is at the forefront of philosophical research in a wide variety of areas. It also places a strong emphasis on undergraduate education. Three Philosophy faculty - Robert Kane, Robert Solomon, and Paul Woodruff - have been inducted into the Academy of Distinguished Teachers. Philosophy courses such as PHL 304, Contemporary Moral Problems, are among the most popular courses on campus.

What do you do with a philosophy degree?

Students interested in becoming philosophy majors often ask, "What kind of jobs can you get with a philosophy degree?" As with any degree in Liberal Arts, a degree in Philosophy can lead to numerous career opportunities including careers in law and computer science.

Declare This Major

Undergraduates currently enrolled at UT who wish to declare a philosophy major must first meet with a philosophy advisor. There is no formal application process. For more information, visit the student affairs page on how to declare a major.

Prospective University of Texas at Austin students should visit to learn about the application process and how to declare a major.

Required Courses

Visit the Philosophy degree plan to see all required courses for the Philosophy major in the College of Liberal Arts. For additional information, view major requirements and Philosophy course descriptions.


Philosophy does not offer specializations. However, Departmental Honors does require an application and additional requirements.


Meet other students interested in philosophy by contacting the Undergraduate Philosophy Association.


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