Applied Learning

Luther offers hands-on learning opportunities and resources beyond the classroom.

The following is a listing of popular undergraduate philosophy conferences. The department provides support for students to share their research across the region and the country.

Listed is an alphabetical listing of philosophy journals that specialize in or encourage submissions from undergraduates.

  • Dianoia (Boston College) fosters open philosophical discussion and writing among undergraduate students. The journal is committed to providing the opportunity for intellectual reflection, which bridges the academic disciplines in pursuit of holistic understanding. While we have no maximum or minimum page length, we do request that all submissions comply with Chicago Style citations (footnotes and a complete Bibliography), and that submissions are accessible to an undergraduate audience.
  • The Dualist is a national undergraduate philosophy journal published by Stanford University undergraduates. Its purpose is to offer students an opportunity to participate in a normally inaccessible part of academic life—the production and publication of papers for general philosophical readership.
  • Episteme is a student-run journal that aims to recognize and encourage excellence in undergraduate philosophy by providing examples of some of the best work currently being done in undergraduate philosophy programs. Episteme is published under the auspices of Denison University’s Department of Philosophy.
  • Geist (Vanderbilt): The purpose of Geist is to offer undergraduate students a unique opportunity to engage in a normally exclusive dimension of academia–the production and publication of scholarly literature. Geist seeks to foster rigorous philosophical research as well as providing a forum for academic critique and discussion.
  • The Midwest Journal of Undergraduate Research invites undergraduate students at ACM institutions to submit manuscripts in any discipline for consideration for publication in the second issue of its journal. Papers must be sponsored by a faculty member familiar with the work being submitted. Deadline is Jan. 31.
  • The Reed, run through St. Olaf’s Howard Hong Kierkegaard Library, functions as a forum for Existential themes at the undergraduate level throughout the United States and abroad. The undergraduate editors of this journal are committed to considering submissions by Existentialist thinkers struggling with the alienation that comes with the freedom and learning of college. Our hope is to create both a textual and visual space where Existentialism can be explored through various mediums. As an interdisciplinary journal, we aim to include varied interpretations of existentialism; essays, as well as poetry, short fiction, literary criticism, religious discourse, psychological analysis, and visual art. Because this is an undergraduate journal, we attempt to offer selections hitting on various levels of the broad theme of Existentialism while maintaining a cohesive intellectual rigor present throughout the discipline. We also seek to include a range of understanding of Existentialism, from the novice to the relative expert, from the artistic, to the critical.
  • Stance: An International Undergraduate Philosophy Journal has received, among others, the APA award for Excellence and Innovation. We have worked with students from over thirty-five nations. Stance publishes only essays that make an original contribution to the field. All papers are anonymously reviewed by multiple reviewers and all authors receive constructive feedback on their work. Stance is published annually in April. The deadline for submissions is in mid-December. Email
  • The Vassar College Journal of Philosophy is a student-run publication supported by the Philosophy Department of Vassar College. Dedicated to both quality and accessibility, it seeks to give undergraduate students from all disciplines a platform to express and discuss philosophical ideas. The Journal is published once a year, in the spring, both in print and online. Questions about The Vassar College Journal of Philosophy can be directed to

The Luther Political Review was founded by Keaton Wenz, a senior philosophy major. The first edition included six essays from students who participated in Professor Bailey’s PHIL 485 senior seminar on The Racial Contract, by political philosopher Charles Mills.