Philosophy: Major & Minor

The study of philosophy complements and enhances career goals and vocations by providing students with the skills and knowledge that are highly desired in many career paths. Southern Virginia philosophy courses cover major thinkers in the history of Western philosophy (Greece through modern Europe and America) as well as contemporary debates in metaphysics, ethics, epistemology and political philosophy. Philosophy makes you a clearer thinker, a better writer, and a more persuasive speaker. Students grounded in a solid philosophy education are prepared to be better lawyers, doctors, and businessmen. Also, given philosophy’s preference for rational persuasion over compulsion, philosophy students make better citizens in a religiously and culturally diverse nation and world. Southern Virginia’s philosophy major provides outstanding preparation for graduate study in law, medicine, business, high tech, and other fields.

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Faculty Contacts:

  • John Armstrong, Ph.D.
  • Jan-Erik Jones, Ph.D. – Program Coordinator
  • Shantia Rahimian, Ph.D.



Jessie Houchens ’11
“Southern Virginia has been a land of opportunity, a place where I was able to find, develop and refine my talents.”
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