Tammy Nyden, Associate Professor of Philosophy, teaches a class in Steiner Hall


Philosophical thinking is a foundation of education in the liberal arts. Philosophy enriches thought, imagination, understanding, and experience. By studying philosophy, you’ll confront questions and problems both theoretical and practical about yourself and your relation to the world. The department’s curriculum focuses on interdisciplinary and classical philosophical topics, European philosophy, and the history of philosophy. The ideas and skills you’ll master can lead to graduate studies and careers in almost any discipline and field.

Why Major in Philosophy

Jack Marchesi '20

Spot the Gaps and Fill Them In

Philosophy major Jack Marchesi ’20 appreciates how philosophy courses consistently defy his expectations. “I always leave with more questions than I had before the course began.”

Burling Library at night, windows lit

The Intersection of Philosophy and Political Science

Max Fenton ’19, a philosophy and political science double major, was drawn to Grinnell as a good base for graduate school and for its “reputation as a place in which knowledge was acquired for its own sake.”

Department Information

(641) 269-4414

Steiner Hall
1120 Park St
Grinnell, IA 50112
United States

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