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Professor of Philosophy Katherine Thomson-Jones teaches students in the popular Philosophy in the Schools community-based learning course. Photo credit: Michael Hartman
Program Overview


Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Philosophy

Study in philosophy is an essential component of a liberal arts education, as this interdisciplinary program develops skills essential to all intellectual pursuits. The course of study for the philosophy major encourages students to ask the “big questions” and helps them become critical and careful thinkers with the ability to analyze and address the hard questions.

Why Study Philosophy at Oberlin?

Variety of Courses
Associated Faculty
Study Away Programs

Sample Courses

  • PHIL 121 - Philosophy & Morality 4 credits
  • PHIL 225 - Environmental Ethics 4 credits
  • PHIL 234 - Topics in Applied Ethics 4 credits
  • PHIL 375 - Realism and Representation in Art 4 credits

Philosophy Faculty

Faculty interests and research includes metaethics and philosophy of sex, love, and friendship; the philosophy of perception; the history of philosophy and the history of music theory; aesthetics and ethical art criticism; and the philosophy of science and metaphysics.

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Philosophy News

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The Perfect Career Sweet Spot

November 20, 2020
When she was a student at Oberlin, Rosemary Boeglin ’14 thought a career in journalism was in her future. Today, instead of writing the news Boeglin helps to create it in her role as a rapid response spokesperson for President-elect Joe Biden.