Philosophy affords ample opportunities to do independent research on almost any topic you can imagine. Topics of recent independent projects have included:
- Climate change and 'Green Authoritarianism'
- Truth and fiction: how language works in fictional contexts
- The ethics of genetic engineering and prosthetics
- The ethics of commercializing public land
- The philosophy of education
- The role of agential thinking in evolutionary biology
- How the embodied mind hypothesis helps us understand trauma
- The relationship between reason and emotion
- The ethics of comedy
- Food deserts and racial discrimination
- The ethics of incarceration
You have a few options for pursuing an independent research project:
Writing an Honors Thesis: eligible students are able to do a two-semester independent project in their senior year. This fulfills the SYE requirement for the Philosophy major.
Pursuing a Summer Fellowship: students are able to apply to be a SLU Summer Fellow. If your project is approved, you would be paid to live on campus for the summer, working on your own research project with a faculty member!
Tanner Fellowships - an opportunity to plan and conduct an independent project anywhere in the world over the summer.
McNair Scholars Program - if you are from an underrepresented population and are hoping to pursue doctoral studies, you may qualify for the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Award Program.