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Philosophy

A modern curriculum that embraces traditional and new ideas

Do we have free will? What makes an action right or wrong? What is justice? What makes you the same person today as you were a year ago? Philosophy tackles questions like these–basic questions about life and the human condition. As a philosophy student you’ll study classic texts in depth and also engage with current thinking in ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of the arts. Philosophy is excellent preparation for careers in law, public administration, or any field that requires skills in analysis, reasoning, and writing. It connects up with many other disciplines, so students majoring in the arts, humanities, social sciences, or natural sciences, often pursue an additional major or minor in philosophy. It is also integral to the Social Studies Justice minor.

School

Campus Locations

Main Campus - Alfred, NY

Major

Philosophy (BA)

Minor

Philosophy

Why a Philosophy Degree From AU?

Small Class Sizes

Our upper level classes are small and offer students one of the best places to complete a bachelor's degree.

Two Tracks

The Philosophy program offers you two tracks of study: General Philosophy and Philosophy of Religions

Lively Discussions

Be in the company of interesting people asking important questions about human activities and values.

Students choose one of two tracks:

I. General Philosophy Track

Required Courses: 12 credits

  • PHIL 282 Introduction to Logic

Choose 8 credits from the following courses:

  • PHIL 311 Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 312 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 313 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 314 20th Century Philosophy
    or topics courses with substantial history of philosophy content chosen with major advisor.

Elective Courses: 20 credits (12 credits must be above 300-level)

  • PHIL Philosophy Electives

II. Philosophy of Religions Track

Required Courses: 12 credits

  • PHIL 281 Ethics
    or PHIL 382 Philosophy of Religion

Choose 8 credits from the following courses:

  • PHIL 311 Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 312 Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 313 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 314 20th Century Philosophy
    or topics courses with substantial history of philosophy content chosen with major advisor.

Elective Courses: 24 credits

  • PHIL Philosophy Electives (4 cr. must be 300-400 level)
  • RLGS Religious Studies Electives (8 cr. must be 300-400 level)

In addition to fulfilling the requirements of the Philosophy Major, as well as the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences general education requirements, you'll be required to complete the College's First Year Experience Program or Transfer Student Program.

 

Philosophy has connections with many other disciplines, and many students combine their major with a philosophy minor.  The flexible structure of the philosophy program makes this easy to do, both for students in Liberal Arts and Sciences, and for students from other units.

The philosophy minor consists of 20 credits in philosophy. A minimum of 12 credit hours must be at the 300 level or above. With permission of the minor advisor, a student may substitute up to 4 credits of the 20 from a related discipline.

If you’re the kind of person who is intellectually curious and likes to think hard about life in general–about society, culture, science, the arts, human nature, and so on, studying philosophy in college will help your reflections be better informed and more rigorous. It will also equip you with knowledge and skills that graduate schools and employees value.  These include critical thinking, analyzing texts and information, and the ability to discuss ideas clearly, both orally and in writing.  Philosophy thus prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including law, public administration, education, and business.

Our philosophy majors have gone on to pursue graduate studies at:

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (Fine Art)
  • Simon Fraser (Interdisciplinary Studies)
  • University of Pittsburgh (Public and International Affairs)
  • University of Nevada (Law)
  • Seattle University (Law)
  • University College Dublin (Philosophy)
  • University of Buffalo (Law)
  • University of San Diego (Law)
  • University of Chicago (Philosophy)
  • University of Virginia (Philosophy)
  • Syracuse University (Public Administration)
  • Illinois Institute of Technology (Law)

Our graduates include:

  • District Manager (US House of Representatives)
  • Senior advancement data specialist (Colorado State University)
  • Immigration attorney (Erie County Bar Association)
  • Software Engineer (Microsoft)
  • Senior Legal Counsel (Stryker)
  • Digital analyst (thinkcube)
  • Operations Manager (TCGPlayer.com
  • Account Executive (EPIC Insurance)

 

Faculty / Staff

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