Philosophy Dual Degree Programs


Interested in the connections between AI and philosophy of mind? Or learning the symbolic logic behind coding? Or delving into debates in applied ethics concerning the treatment of animals, or the environment?

The College of Liberal Arts Degree+ program waives the CLA Core Curriculum, making it possible for students in any major to add a B.A. in Philosophy and graduate on time! See details about two of our dual degree programs below.


CS + Philosophy Dual Degree


CS+PHIL Plan of Study
PHIL+CS Plan of Study

Fact: With the exception of philosophy majors, CS students are currently the highest represented major in Purdue's philosophy courses. 
Whether you're pondering the nature of the human mind or experimenting in machine learning, whether you're developing a philosophical argument or developing new innovations in computer technology, you need strong analytical skills and the tools to think creatively.

A dual degree in Computer Science and Philosophy offers students the opportunity to complement their technical expertise with the writing and communication skills cultivated by studying philosophy and coveted by the job market; and to complement your conceptual creativity with the practical experience of learning and working with a variety of computer technologies before exploring the job market.

The plan of study for a CS+PHIL dual degree allows students to earn both degrees in 4 years, while adding the Humanities training STEMM industries look for in candidates, and necessary for a job market increasingly in need of people who can interact with artificial intelligence!


Data Science + Philosophy Dual Degree


Data Science+PHIL Plan of Study

As “big data” gets bigger and bigger, and applications of data science permeate a wider and wider range of different aspects of our lives, new and important philosophical issues are arising all the time. Indeed, data science is powerful - but with this power comes a host of obligations and responsibilities that professionals in this field need to be aware of, and to negotiate in an ethical manner. Yet reasoning clearly about the philosophical and ethical implications of these new powers isn’t easy. In data science, we are constantly encountering unchartered territories, territories which are themselves changing rapidly, seemingly on a daily basis.

The scope and pace of technological innovation in data science magnifies the importance for reflection and critique - two among many of the skills philosophers have been cultivating for millennia.

The plan of study for a Data Science+PHIL dual degree allows students to earn both degrees in 4 years, while adding a depth of understanding in the issues surrounding data science to your skills in analysis and visualization in high demand by many employers in diverse industries today!

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