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Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
24 August 2022

About this program


Students in the philosophy program become excellent writers, thinkers and speakers. You’ll be ready for anything after graduation, whether you attend graduate school or pursue a career ranging from business to law, medicine, religion or science. The study of philosophy helps you develop reasoning skills that apply to any career you may choose.

Thinking of graduate school? Philosophy majors consistently have the highest scores on GRE and LSAT (law school) exams, and score near the top in GMAT (business school) and MCAT (medical school) tests. Looking for a career? According to a recent study in The Atantic, employers value philosophy majors for their “ability to effectively communicate orally and in writing,” “critical thinking and reasoning skills,” and “ability to be innovative and creative.”

Students in the Law & Society track of the philosophy major combine a general study of philosophy with an interdisciplinary focus on the philosophical dimensions of Law, Sociology, and Politics. This track is an excellent preparation for law school as well as careers in social work and civil service.

You can also:

  • Enjoy small courses that are particularly insightful because they are led by full-time professors who encourage personal relationships and discussion.
  • Apply for research opportunities and internships in the Naperville area and throughout Chicago.

Admission requirements

Applicants must demonstrate English proficiency in one of the following ways:

  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language): North Central requires an official TOEFL score of at least 79 (Internet-based test) or 550 (paper-based test). (Our institution code: 1555)
  • IELTS (International English Language Testing System): North Central also accepts official IELTS overall scores of 6.5 with sub-scores of 6.0 or higher.
  • ACT or SAT: Students may also submit official SAT or ACT scores in place of the TOEFL.
    • Most successful applicants choosing this option have earned at least a 500 on the EBRW section of the SAT or at least a 19 on the English section of the ACT.
    • Our institution codes are: 1555 (SAT) and 1096 (ACT).

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the college website.

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Program content

Philosophy, B.a.

Required Courses

  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy Capstone Seminar

Two of the following:

  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • 20th Century Philosophy

One of the following:

  • Ethics
  • Ethical Theory
  • Social and Political Philosophy

One of the following:

  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Science and Religion: Conflict or Dialogue?
  • Knowledge and Reality

Philosophy, Law and Society Track, B.a.

Required Courses

  • Logic and Critical Thinking
  • Philosophy of law
  • Social and Political Philosophy
  • Philosophy Capstone Seminar

Two of the following:

  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • 20th Century Philosophy

One of the following:

  • Law and Order in Cross-Cultural Perspective
  • Business Law and Ethics
  • Freedom of Expression
  • Power and Statecraft
  • Constitutional Law
  • Rights, Liberties and Justice
  • Social Life and Social Theory

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information


Tution fee: $42,026 per year

Career paths

Recent graduates in philosophy work in:

  • Law
  • Philosophy instruction
  • Technical writing
  • Executive-level administration and management
  • Editing and publishing
  • Public relations and journalism
  • Philosophical counseling

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North Central College

North Central College is a nationally ranked institution located in Naperville, Illinois, a thriving suburb just thirty minutes by train from Chicago. Our students have access to state-of-the art facilities and distinctive programs, particularly in the sciences and business. At...

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North Central College

30 North Brainard Street
60540 Naperville IL
United States of America (USA)

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