Program Type
Undergraduate Major
Bachelor of Art (BA)
Mode of Study

Tuition & fees

Costs include tuition, fees, & other costs such as books. See cost details

Financial aid

On average, 92% of enrolled students who file a FAFSA receive an offer. 91% of offers include scholarships, grants, waiver, and/or work-study. Explore aid

Program duration

Typical completion time: 4 years. Flexible options may save time. Explore options


SAT & ACT scores optional. Early action & year-round admissions. View application process & deadlines

Program Highlights

  • Take advantage of flexibility in our blended program, which includes a mix of in-person and online courses.
  • Develop analytical skills to investigate complex problems while harnessing your intellectual curiosity — fundamental skills in every career field.
  • Receive one-on-one support from faculty mentors to plan your courses, engage in research projects, and complete your senior thesis.
  • Benefit from our community partnerships with organizations such as the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Program, Portland Museum of Art, and Space Gallery.
  • Explore pressing national and global issues such as environmentalism, medical ethics, technology, film and culture, and more.
  • Learn to read deeply, think critically, and argue persuasively, while strengthening your creative engagement with the world.
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Program requirements

Study a variety of world philosophies, from Ancient Philosophy to Existentialism to Postmodernism – then, take that foundation and apply it to the issues you’re interested in, such as environmentalism, feminism, public policy, medical ethics, and more.

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What will I do with this major?

Build your critical thinking skills to prepare for graduate school or a career in law, business, education, theology, public policy, politics, or advocacy work. Our program is designed to develop a skill set that is essential in all industries — the analytical and communication skills to examine problems, discover solutions, and build communal understanding.

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A faculty of scholars and mentors

Each of our full-time faculty holds a PhD in Philosophy, as do many part-time faculty. Along with being frequently published in peer-reviewed journals and books nationally and internationally, our faculty provide students with guidance in academics and professional development.

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Scholarship opportunities

Scholarships offer valuable financial aid that doesn’t need to be repaid. You’ll be automatically considered for Merit Scholarships when you apply for admission by the deadline. Additional opportunities are available.

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Do you live in New England?

You may be eligible for a reduced tuition rate, as part of the NEBHE Tuition Break Program.

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Looking ahead to Law school?

Our Accelerated Graduate Pathway to the University of Maine School of Law can save you time and money in earning your JD.

What Philosophy classes are like

Listen to Professor Jason Read discuss some of the philosophy classes he teaches and how he tries to make philosophy a subject that is accessible to all types of students.
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