Philosophy Student Experience
Baker philosophy students have a multitude of opportunities for involvement in and out of the classroom. Small class sizes allow them maximum interaction with classmates and professors. Philosophy students also participate in activities and have access to resources beyond the classroom.
For their senior projects, philosophy majors write and defend a substantive thesis on a significant philosophical issue. Past topics include a philosophical investigation of the paranormal, the problem of induction and topics in the philosophy of law.
For several years a Baker philosophy student has had a paper accepted for presentation at an undergraduate philosophy conference. Students often present at the Truman State University Philosophy and Religion Undergraduate Conference. This is one of the premier undergraduate conferences in the area.
An honor society for students of philosophy, Phi Sigma Tau inducts a select group of students each spring. Students are chosen based on their academic performance and contribution to the study and academic analysis of philosophy at Baker.
Phi Sigma Tau is a national honor society for students of philosophy. The Baker chapter, chartered in 1980, meets regularly to present and discuss student and faculty research papers. To be eligible, students must be in the top 35 percent of their class and have a GPA of at least 3.0 in three philosophy courses. Members have the unique opportunity to meet with Phi Sigma Tau alumni during the group's reunions, held every two years.
Many students of philosophy go on to pursue advanced degrees in law. As students from all academic fields go on to law school, Baker provides students with guidance, preparation and activities that will prepare them for the LSAT, help them through the application process and give them the tools to succeed once they get to law school. Learn more about the pre-law program at Baker.