Top 10 US Universities for Philosophy 2015


What is truth? What is the meaning of life? What is it with humans’ fascination with the concept of God (I am not implying all humans)? What did Aristotle truly mean when he said, “The worst form of inequality is to try to make unequal things equal”? You have most likely asked yourself at least one of those questions and may feel interested in pursuing a degree in philosophy, in the United States. Luckily, there are many good options available for you to choose from in terms of finding the right university for your philosophical needs and career goals. Below is a list of the top 10 universities for studying philosophy in the US for 2015. Also, the estimated rate of tuition is included for each university listed. Hopefully you will find one that suits you.

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1. New York University (NYU)

New York University (NYU) was established by Albert Gallatin, who served as the secretary of the treasury under President Thomas Jefferson, over 100 years ago.

NYU offers undergraduate and graduate programs in philosophy to their students. Their course selection includes the history of ancient philosophy, central problems in philosophy, applied ethics, and metaphysics. As for the cost of tuition, it is $47,750 (fees are included in the cost) for undergraduate students, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

2. University of Pittsburgh

For over 200 years since its founding in 1787, the University of Pittsburgh has been internationally recognized as a center of top-notch learning and research. They offer undergraduate and graduate programs in philosophy. Their course selection includes logic, modern philosophy, and epistemology.

As for the cost of tuition, it can range between an average of $16,000 and $32,000 per year for undergrads and graduates, according to QS Worldwide University Rankings. The tuition and fees information for the 2015-2016 academic year has not yet been indicated on the University of Pittsburgh website (at the time of writing this), but should be specified soon.

3. Rutgers University

Rutgers University-New Brunswick, New Jersey was made official during 1771 and is now serving as a dependable academic ‘family’ to attending students. They provide undergraduate and graduate programs in philosophy to take advantage of. The majors they offer can be advanced to graduate study in disciplines other than philosophy such as law, medicine, business, education, journalism, and the sciences. Their graduate program has been consistently ranked among the top two programs on a national level.

The cost of tuition can range between an average of $12,000 and $26,000 annually for undergraduates and graduates, according to QS Worldwide University Rankings. The tuition and fees information has not yet been approved by Rutgers University for the 2015-2016 academic year (at the time of writing this), but is expected to be soon.

4. Harvard University

Harvard University, which is based in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts, is widely known as an institutional leader in teaching, learning, and research.

They provide a generous amount of financial aid (i.e. over $160 million) to more than 60% of undergraduate students. As for their philosophy department, they offer both undergraduate and graduate programs to students. Their course selection includes philosophy of law, philosophy of religion, and metaethics. The cost of tuition, is $45,278 (fees are included in the cost) for students of the 2015-2016 academic year.

5. Princeton University

Princeton University is the fourth-oldest college in the US and collectively aims to achieve the highest levels of distinction in the development of knowledge and understanding.

They offer undergraduate and graduate programs in philosophy. Their course selection touches on the philosophy of Plato, Aristotle, and Kant, normative ethics, British empiricism, as well as relativism. In addition, it is $43,450 for undergrads and graduates, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

6. University of California, Berkeley (UCB)

The University of California, Berkeley (nicknamed “Cal”) is known as one of the world’s most industrious academic institutions. Fun fact: two UCB professors discovered the element plutonium in 1941.

Students can take part in their undergraduate and graduate programs offered by the philosophy department. Their course selection includes moral psychology, the theory of meaning, and philosophy of society. It costs $13,878 (fees are included in the cost) for undergraduates, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

7. Stanford University

Established in 1885, Stanford University, allows students to embrace an excellent range of academic and extracurricular activities.

Students can work towards fulfilling undergraduate and graduate programs in philosophy. Their course selection includes skepticism, liberty and equality, Greek philosophy, and metalogic. The tuition cost ranges between $25,000 and $46,000 for undergrads and graduates, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

8. Yale University

Yale University is a powerhouse for globalizing educational opportunities in many areas of study and originated in 1701. They have prepared schools for different fields throughout their years of development: divinity school, law school, school of fine arts, and school of nursing, just to name a few.

With regard to studying philosophy, undergraduate and graduate programs are available for students. Their course selection includes value theory, aesthetics, and theory of knowledge. Students will have to pay $47,600 for the 2015-2016 academic year.

9. University of Michigan

The University of Michigan – Ann Arbor (UMich) is a leading public university of the world, with students attending from all 50 states and from over 100 countries.

The philosophy department provides undergraduate and graduate programs to their student body. UMich has ranked among the top five philosophy doctoral programs and top six departments internationally based on assessments spanning five years. The cost of tuition ranges between $13,000 and $45,000 (fees are included in the cost) for undergrads and graduates, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

10. University of Notre Dame

The University of Notre Dame consists of faculty members that have won 20 fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities in the past six years – more than any other research university in the nation.

They provide undergraduate and graduate philosophy programs. Their course selection includes the philosophy of human nature, existentialist themes, theories of sexual difference, and the philosophy of technology. Tuition cost is $47,929 (fees are included in the cost) for undergraduates, according to the student budget for the 2015-2016 academic year.

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In addition to reading through this list, please check the main websites for more information on how you can make attending one of the universities, a dream come true. Getting in touch with the philosophy department of your preferred university can open the door to receiving fitting answers to questions you may have about the programs presented.

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