• Application Deadline
  • 48 months
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The Philosophy program of the Southeast Missouri State University emphasizes problem solving, the organization and expression of ideas and issues, techniques of logical reasoning, the formulation and evaluation of arguments, and the study of principles of conduct. Philosophy provides knowledge and skills that have immediate practical application, are transferable from one field to another, and are in high demand across a wide variety of careers and professions.

Philosophy majors study ideas, concepts and methods from science, art, religion, politics, law, ethics, business, psychology, mathematics, history, literature and cognitive science. They learn to clarify the meaning, basis, and coherence of ideas and arguments, to distinguish good reasoning from bad, to identify assumptions and inferences, to assess standards of evidence and to extract what is essential from large bodies of information. Graduates with a degree in philosophy are employed in government, finance, teaching, medicine, law, computer science, journalism, management, publishing, sales, criminal justice, public relations and many other fields. 

Philosophy is also recommended as a second major for students preparing to enter fields which require postgraduate study, such as computer science, management, medicine or public administration.

Philosophy graduates work in the fields of politics, publishing, health, education, government, law, public safety, and in non-profit, religious and business settings. Examples of job titles include lobbyist, publisher, archivist, lawyer, judge, professor, conflict resolution specialist, non-profit administrator, clergy and journalist.

What You'll Do

  • Be challenged to think systematically and analytically about issues that impact life, careers, and community. 
  • Broaden their problem solving, critical thinking, and communication skills.
  • Be well prepared for graduate and other advanced study.
  • Outperform most other majors on tests, such as the GRE, LSAT and GMAT. Overall, philosophy majors have the highestverbal score and second highest analytic score on the GRE.
  • Learn valuable skills that adapt to changing careers and life demands.

Internships & Career Opportunities

  • Office of the Governor
  • Missouri State Senate

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Ancient Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Contemporary Philosophy
  • Seminar: Topics in Philosophy
  • Seminar: Methods & Movements
  • Symbolic Logic

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Submit your Online application
  • Pay the $40 application fee
  • Passport
  • Academic transcripts
  • Affidavit of Financial Support and Proof of finances
  • Proof of English proficiency
  • Standardized test scores (ACT, SAT, etc.) for scholarship consideration (Optional)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    431 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 431 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
  • In-State

    225 USD/credit
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 225 USD per credit and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for Cape Girardeau

  • 800 - 1300 USD/month
    Living Costs

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