Why study philosophy?

Students who study philosophy like to think about life’s deepest questions, take positions and support them, debate, argue, explore and wonder.

  • Philosophy, which means "love of wisdom," develops skills that are highly sought-after by employers, including critical and creative thinking skills, clear spoken and written communication and productive discussion.
  • The curriculum shares the historic and contemporary expression of philosophy, relates it to the student’s experience and encourages creative reflection.
  • Students broaden their intellectual horizons while heightening their moral sensitivity.

Philosophy at AU

Philosophy at AU

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Latest News

Supported by the LaMoyne Pederson (‘63) Philosophy Enrichment Fund, Augustana is excited to announce that the university will be hosting television writer and producer Dr. Eric Kaplan on campus. His talk, "11 Questions About Questions: Regarding a Parable by Raymond Smullyan,” will take place at 5:30 p.m., on Tuesday, April 30, in the Froiland Science Complex (FSC), Room 113, and is free and open to the public.

Generously supported by Rosemarie and Dean Buntrock and in partnership with the Center for Western Studies (CWS), Augustana University is excited to announce the establishment of the Critical Inquiry & Citizenship Colloquium with Dr. Michael Sandel, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of Government at Harvard University, as the inaugural featured speaker.

Augustana alumna Callie (Berg) Stadem ‘13, a freelance harpist and instructor at Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, tries to teach her students how to play the harp, as well as the deeper lessons on how to live a good life. 


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Philosophy majors have pursued advanced degrees in philosophy, theology, medicine, counseling, law and public administration. Philosophy prepares students for many career fields with rigorous thinking, writing and communication skills, including education, business, social and community service, as well as nonprofit advocacy.

Hands-On Learning  

Internship opportunities include:

  • Greenpeace
  • Center for Western Studies (CWS)
  • Office of the Secretary of State
  • Siouxland Heritage Museums
  • Woods, Fuller, Shultz & Smith law firm

Many philosophy students choose to perform academic research and present at Augustana’s Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium.

Philosophy students study away in:

  • Alaska — focusing on nature writing with AU faculty
  • Guatemala and Belize — focusing on tropical ecology, Spanish immersion and philosophy with AU faculty
  • Spain and Morocco — focusing on Arab, Christian and Jewish legacies with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Students can choose to study these tracks:

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/philosophy

Since philosophical skills cause students to think more critically and comprehensively, philosophy can also complement any other area of study as a second major.

Philosophy students often participate in:

  • Campus Ministry
  • Sustainability Committee
  • Better Together 
  • Classics Club
  • Peer Navigator (Augie Access)