B.A. in Philosophy
The Philosophy Major is designed to prepare students with the set of skills required to be successful in any career they might pursue and to enrich their lives by introducing them to the central and fundamental questions which face human beings in all aspects of those lives. Philosophy majors develop their analytical, critical, speaking and writing skills by engaging with and evaluating the arguments and views of some of the most influential and powerful thinkers who have ever lived. There is no better major than philosophy to prepare you to think clearly and critically about difficult things, not least, the direction and course of one's own life.
Students will be able to:
- cultivate analytical, critical, interpretative and evaluative abilities.
- develop skills in thinking, writing and speaking.
- use knowledge of the history of the subject to aid them in examining and formulating their own values and in addressing perennial philosophical problems.
“I took the course Philosophy of Mind, and it was just absolutely fascinating. Philosophy represents the culmination of all fields of study. We're concerned with the questions that most people just take for granted—questions about truth, knowledge, morality, the mind, and human nature. Every single course I've taken here has just enlightened me so much.”
A Philosophical Mind for Animals
After graduating summa cum laude with a double major in music and philosophy, Kate-Nicole Hoffman ’17 has continued to excel academically. First receiving her master’s degree from York University, she’s now pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy at the University of Pennsylvania, and conducting research on animal cognition—a natural extension of a Presidential Scholars research project that she completed years earlier as an undergraduate student at SUNY Potsdam.