Research and Internship Opportunities
Philosophy research is generally an individual matter, augmented by discussion with other philosophers, which is an important part of the development of philosophical ideas. Undergraduates have several opportunities to develop their own research through:
- A philosophy capstone
- The Undergraduate Philosophy Council
- Supervised research
- Undergraduate conferences and journals
In the philosophy capstone students learn about the conduct of philosophical research and philosophy research being done by department faculty, and participate in discussions about research.
Undergraduate Philosophy Council
The Undergraduate Philosophy Council is an organization that seeks to foster interest in philosophy among undergraduates. The council is a great place for students to present their own ideas to other students and engage in lively discussion.
The council meets most Friday afternoons at 2 p.m. in the philosophy department lounge. For more information view the Undergraduate Philosophy Council page.
Students can learn to develop, refine, and present philosophical analyses and arguments through research-focused independent study opportunities that guide them in preparing a paper for conference or journal submission.
Students are also encouraged to develop and pursue independent projects in the context of the senior honors thesis. The undergraduate honors thesis involves one to two semesters of guided research along with one to two semesters of guided thesis writing followed by an oral defense of the thesis.
While interning in a professional field like law, government, public interest NGOs, or education, students may be required to do related academic research. For more information about finding an internship visit the career center.
Undergraduate Conferences and Journals
Students are also encouraged to submit their work to present at one of the undergraduate conferences or to one of the undergraduate journals of philosophy.
Undergraduate Philosophy Journals
- A Priori - The Brown Journal of Philosophy (Brown University)
- Aporia (Dartmouth)
- The Dialectic (U. of New Hampshire)
- The Dualist (Stanford)
- Ephemeris (Union College)
- Episteme (Denison University)
- Geist (Vanderbilt)
- GNOSIS (Concordia University, Quebec)
- Marist Undergraduate Philosophy Journal (Marist College)
- Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (Monmouth College)
- Noumena (University of Toronto Scarborough)
- Princeton Journal of Bioethics (Princeton)
- Prometheus (Johns Hopkins)
- The Reed (St. Olaf’s College)
- Sapere Aude (College of Wooster)
- Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Stance (Ball State)
- Submissions: email@example.com
- Vassar College Journal of Philosophy
- Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Yale Philosophy Review