Research and Internship Opportunities
Philosophy research is largely an individual matter, informed by discussion with other philosophers, which is an important part of the development of philosophical ideas. Undergraduates have several opportunities to pursue their own research through:
- Supervised research
- Undergraduate Research (PHL 395)
- Honors Thesis
- Undergraduate Philosophy Council
- Philosophy Capstone
- Undergraduate conferences and journals
Undergraduate Research (PHL 395): Students with a concentration or minor in philosophy may pursue a one-on-one guided research project under the direction of a full-time faculty sponsor in the Department of Philosophy. Students begin with a paper they have written for another course and seek out a sponsor with relevant expertise. They devote the term to developing the paper through guided research, analysis, and refinement of the paper’s thesis and argument, and present the paper to the Philosophy Council. Submission for publication in an undergraduate philosophy journal and conference presentation is also encouraged. Prerequisites: a minimum of two previous philosophy classes at the 200-level.
Honors Thesis: Students who have at least a 3.7 GPA in a philosophy major and show promise of being able to complete an honors thesis are eligible to pursue a degree with honors. Honors in philosophy will be awarded to graduating concentrators who, after consulting with the undergraduate adviser and securing a thesis adviser, complete:
- Four credit hours of PHL 392: Honors Tutorial
- Four credit hours of an PHL 393: Honors Thesis, including passing an oral examination
- Four credit hours of a graduate seminar in philosophy or an undergraduate seminar approved for honors credit (this seminar can count as one of the ten courses required for the major).
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.
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 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)
- The Dialectic (U. of New Hampshire)
- Dianoia (Boston College)
- The Dualist (Stanford)
- Ephemeris (Union College)
- Episteme (Denison University)
- Epistemai (University of Minnesota)
- Geist (Vanderbilt)
- GNOSIS (Concordia University, Quebec)
- Logos (Cornell University)
- Meteorite (University of Michigan)
- Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research (Monmouth College)
- Noumena (University of Toronto Scarborough)
- Princeton Journal of Bioethics (Princeton)
- The Reed (St. Olaf’s College)
- Sapere Aude (College of Wooster)
- Submissions: email@example.com
- Stance (Ball State)
- Submissions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Vassar College Journal of Philosophy
- Submissions: email@example.com
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.