UNCG’S Online Philosophy B.A. Ranked Among Best in Nation

Posted on April 10, 2023

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The year 2023 has brought UNC Greensboro’s Department of Philosophy a number of awards for their online bachelor’s degree in philosophy – with its professors recognized as the Best Faculty among all online philosophy B.A. programs in the nation. 

The Online Philosophy B.A. is ranked no. 4 by Academic Influence and no. 5 by Intelligent.com. The latter also recognized the program with the Best Faculty award. 

“I’m very pleased that our faculty have been recognized in these recent rankings,” said Dr. Heather Gert, professor and head of UNCG’s Philosophy Department. “We’ve had faculty who have been teaching online for as many as 20 years. Our faculty are genuinely interested in pedagogy. We regularly talk about teaching and trade ideas.”

The Philosophy Department has offered a completely online degree program since 2018, preparing students for a wide range of careers in business, law, government, social service, education, and communication. The largest group of majors, according to Gert, go on to law school, with many opting to follow the degree’s pre-law concentration.

The online philosophy program is particularly attractive to students who, for one reason or another, were unable to complete their bachelor’s degrees at an earlier time and desire an accessible online delivery; however, Gert says, students are overwhelmingly drawn to the program because of a deep interest in the subject matter. Philosophy majors take courses in Formal Logic, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and more.

“I think one aspect that makes our program excellent is that the courses offered to online majors are exactly the same as those offered to majors studying here on campus. It’s not in any way a ‘light’ degree.”

Dr. Heather Gert, Head of UNC Greensboro’s Philosophy Department

Online students who live near UNCG are also welcome to participate in the same activities that are open to on-campus Philosophy majors, such as the Philosophy Club, the annual Ethics Bowl, and the Public Republic, a public reading – straight through – of Plato’s “Republic.”

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Statistical studies show that philosophy majors outscore almost all others on the verbal and quantitative sections of the LSAT.

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