What Can You Do With a Philosophy Major? 

Just about anything! 

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Continue reading to learn about how the Philosophy/Ethics major impacts our former and current students’ lives and studies.



Gavin Mindt

Throughout my freshman year, I was an undeclared major, only knowing that I wanted to pursue a law degree following my time at NDSU. After taking two philosophy courses ... I decided to pursue philosophy as a major along with a major in history. Philosophy has prepared me for law school because it required me to make arguments and be critical of other people's arguments.  Gavin Mindt, Philosophy and History Major

Sage Bendickson

I love philosophy because it allows me to explore the possible answers to questions left over from any scientific venture. It stands as the common ground of age-old postulations and current inquisitions, and it keeps one sane, patient, and pensive—consistent cultivation of the soul.  Modernity asks us to accept words like “good,” “beauty,” “justice,” and “happiness,” without true understanding or critique, and now, more than ever, we need training in our vigilance, critical thinking, and independence in order to maintain curiosity.  Sage Bendickson, Philosophy Major

Luke Magurie Armstrong

NDSU’s philosophy program gave me the freedom to understand myself and world in a way that helped me to craft a career and lifestyle uniquely suited to me. I’ve been free to travel the world working as a writer and at the same time develop and crowdfund humanitarian programs across 3 continents.

One of these programs is a philosophy/critical thinking class taught by The Integral Heart Family to former street children. Kids who were once told they were too poor to study are now receiving a cutting edge education with philosophy as part of their core curriculum. They are learning the classics, ethics, and gaining compassionate insight and understanding into their own situations. They are not just escaping generational poverty, they are becoming thoughtful, intelligent, and insightful adult leaders in their communities.  Luke Maguire Armstrong, Philosophy Major, 2008

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