Castleton's philosophy program offers a bachelor of arts degree and a minor in Philosophy.

The purpose of the Philosophy program is to provide a foundation in philosophy and to support the development of effective reasoning skills. Our students develop their own perspectives on the nature of reality, knowledge, and value. The critical thinking skills they acquire through disciplined philosophizing are both invaluable for the reflective life and excellent support for any professional career.

The philosophical questions that students encounter in the writings of the world’s most valued thinkers - and the attempts to answer them - constitute the core of the human drive to understand ourselves and our place in the cosmos. These questions are taken up in courses which focus on what reality is “really” like; on the nature of knowledge; on ethical or aesthetic values; on the thought of such thinkers as Plato, Aristotle, Aquinas, Descartes, Hume, Kant, Mill, Nietzsche, Sartre, Wittgenstein, Quine, Rawls, Nussbaum, and others; or on one or more religious traditions (including Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism).  

Philosophy trains its students to think and write more clearly and critically, and is super preparation for graduate school or a professional career. Students who study Philosophy often score higher than the average student on standardized tests, including the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) and the GRE (Graduate Record Examination). Many philosophy majors go into higher education in order to teach and conduct further research, and many more use philosophy as preparation for careers in law, medicine, business, communication, and the arts.