Subject at Iowa

Philosophy explores the big questions that shape our understanding of the world. Our faculty and students are leading these conversations in thought-provoking ways that challenge perspectives and foster intellectual growth. 

With a rich history of research and teaching excellence, the Department of Philosophy at the University of Iowa is at the forefront of philosophical inquiry. Our renowned faculty members are leaders in their respective fields, driving forward discussions in epistemology, metaphysics, social and political philosophy, and more.  

With a diverse range of courses, students explore and expand their intellectual horizons. Our curriculum fosters critical thinking, argumentation, and communication skills essential for success in any career path. 

A degree in philosophy from Iowa opens doors to various career opportunities. Our graduates go on to pursue successful careers in law, education, academia, and other fields where critical thinking and analytical skills are highly valued. Through innovative programs, like Iowa Law's 3 + 3 program and the joint MA and JD, we provide accelerated pathways for students to advance their careers in law while saving time and expenses. 

We provide numerous opportunities for students to connect, collaborate, and engage with one another—and with our faculty. At Iowa, you’ll be part of an active community of philosophers who want to see you succeed. 

Why Iowa?

Embark on a transformative academic journey

Iowa offers a dynamic learning environment that prepares students for success in academia and beyond. Explore timeless philosophical questions and take advantage of the various research opportunities. Our faculty is known for work in epistemology, 20th century philosophy, ethics of AI, and more. We equip students with the skills and knowledge needed to navigate complex ethical challenges and make a meaningful impact in their chosen fields.