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Philosophy- Ethics, Law, and Political Theory

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Why study Philosophy: Ethics, Law, and Political Theory at APSU?

This specialization is excellent for students interested in a career in law or government, as well as any student interested in moral and political issues and philosophies.  Philosophy majors have proven more successful than any other major on the LSAT exam and admission into law school.  We have had many graduates go on to successful careers in law and other areas.  Moreover,  APSU Philosophy classes are usually small, so students get individual attention from their professors.  The Philosophy Club at Austin Peay is very active and holds regular discussions and debates outside of class. 

What will I learn?

You will study the history of moral and political philosophy, current ethical and social theory, and the application of theories to contemporary ethical and legal questions.   Students will learn how to understand arguments, write argumentative papers, and engage in rational, productive and civil debate. 

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

Austin Peay's Philosophy Club is active, meeting weekly to discuss philosophical issues with contemporary relevance.   Additional debates, field trips, and social activities are planned each year.   The Club is student run and there are opportunities for new students to take on leadership roles if they are interested.

The Philosophy and Religion Program has offered service learning and study abroad courses.   Professors are available to work on independent research projects that can be developed into a thesis, presented at a conference, or submitted for publication in a student journal.



What Do Philosophy: Ethics, Law, and Political Theory Majors Do After Graduation?

Philosophy graduates work in many sectors. They can work in government, law, politics or even the Foreign Service. Graduates with degrees in philosophy have significant advantages over others when it comes to their financial outlook for their careers. Mid-career, philosophy graduates make more than Chemistry, Political Science or Business majors.


      How Do I Get Started?

      Admission is via audition and/or portfolio review and interview. Begin the application process now by setting up an audition date.