The major in philosophy is designed to acquaint the student with the history of philosophy as well as the major fields of philosophy, including logic, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, and philosophy of religion. As part of the major, students will develop skills such as thinking critically and conceptually and will be able to apply their knowledge and skills in solving problems, both practical and theoretical. The major in philosophy is useful in a variety of professional fields where critical analysis and the communication of ideas are valued, including law, medicine, media, ministry, and other areas. The major in philosophy is also good preparation for graduate study in a number of fields, including philosophy, religion, journalism, law, medicine, and business.

CMU has two pre-law chapters: Phi Alpha Delta is the national pre-law fraternity, and the Pre-Law Clubis for upperclassmen who plan to enter the law profession (advisor: Dr. John Carter).