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About Philosophy

Why choose Philosophy? It pays well, is outstanding preparation for law school, graduate school, business school, and med school, and it is interesting.

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Philosophy is interesting.

Why Philosophy?

Money isn't everything. The word philosophy comes from the Ancient Greek for "love of wisdom." Practical concerns aside, the best reason to pursue philosophy — or anything else — is because you love it.

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Philosophy pays well.

Why Philosophy?

Jokes about the uselessness of philosophy are easy — and ancient. In reality philosophers do well whether or not they go on to graduate or professional school.

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Why Philosophy?

Philosophy is outstanding preparation for law school, graduate school, business school and even med school.

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Google Self-Driving Car

There's No Perfect Ethics for Self-Driving Cars

It’s unlikely we can program driverless cars to crash ethically, says Ryan Jenkins. But that doesn’t mean we can stop thinking about how to deal with them.

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Religious Studies Program

In Religious Studies at Cal Poly, we believe that changing the world begins by understanding.

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Ethics group

Cal Poly's Ethics + Emerging Sciences Group focuses on the implications and impact of emerging sciences and technologies.

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Between the Species is an online philosophy journal about the relationship between humans and animals.


The Cal Poly Philosophy Department boasts one of the largest programs in the California State University system. Currently there are over twenty members of the faculty and about 140 philosophy majors. Minors in philosophy and in religious studies typically number around 50 each.

Students graduate with critical thinking and communication skills that provide an excellent foundation for a number of career paths. Not surprisingly, graduates typically earn high scores on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT), Graduate Record Exam (GRE), and Graduate Management Admission Test (GMAT).

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