Philosophy is the pursuit of wisdom. It requires both a relentless curiosity and an analytical mind. Philosophy majors have gone on to become U.S. presidents, Supreme Court justices, and famous authors and filmmakers.

Program Overview

Philosophy has influenced every major pillar of modern society from art and religion, to science and government. While exploring that rich history, we teach you to think critically, write persuasively and craft a well-reasoned argument—all skills that are highly valued by employers.

You learn about logic, ethics and the various philosophies of different cultures, and you examine the great economic, ethical and political problems of our time and how we might solve them. The research and analytical skills you develop prepare you to pursue a career as a lawyer, business leader, teacher and much more. 

Studying philosophy trains a mind to be nimble and versatile, which is why philosophy majors are so successful in the professional world. Of all the humanities, philosophy majors are the highest earners. And they outperform almost every other major on the LSAT, score highest overall on the GRE and, on average, rank better on the GMAT than people who majored in business, social sciences, all the other humanities and the arts.


Faculty dedicated to student success

Quinnipiac’s College of Arts and Sciences professors are committed to the personal and professional success of every student. While passionate scholars and accomplished in their own fields, teaching is their number one priority. Small class sizes, accessible professors with significant industry experience and a close-knit, diverse community create the kind of supporting, enriching environment that is rare. We are personally invested in seeking ways to help our students develop into strong, leading professionals.

Curriculum and Requirements

BA in Philosophy Curriculum

Students must obtain a minimum grade of C in all philosophy courses. No more than 6 credits of independent study (PL 299, PL 399) may count toward completion of the major. Students majoring in philosophy must meet the following requirements:

University Curriculum 146
College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 221-24
Philosophy Core Requirements
PL 101Introduction to Philosophy3
PL 102Introduction to Ethics3
PL 103Logical Reasoning3
PL 332Ancient Philosophy3
PL 333Modern Philosophy3
PL 401Senior Seminar3
Select six philosophy or cognate courses:18
Philosophy courses:
PL 222
PL 235
Philosophy of Science
PL 236
Philosophy of Language
PL 237
Philosophy of Mind
PL 238
Philosophy of Technology, Environment and Social Transformation
PL 240
Philosophy of Sport (SPS 240)
PL 250
Philosophy of Art
PL 266
Diverse Global Philosophies
PL 267
Philosophy of Religion
PL 299
Independent Study in Philosophy
PL 312
Philosophy of War and Peace (PO 312)
PL 320
Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL: Service Learning)
PL 330
Philosophy and Gender (WS 330)
PL 331
Philosophy of Humor
PL 334
Medieval Philosophy
PL 335
Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (PO 336)
PL 337
Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)
PL 338
PL 340
Philosophy of Sex and Love
PL 368
Philosophy of Death and Dying
PL 395
Critical Game Studies (GDD 395)
PL 399
Directed Research in Philosophy
Cognate courses: 3
CSC 350
Intelligent Systems
HS 312
The Age of Pericles
PO 215
Political Theory
PO 216
American Political Thought
PO 315
Democratic Theory and Practice
SO 201
Sociological Theory
Free Electives17-20
Total Credits120-126

All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.


Students must complete the College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum requirements specific to their major. See details below.


In addition to philosophy courses, a student may count up to two of the cognate courses toward completion of the philosophy major.

College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum

The College of Arts and Sciences offers bachelor of arts and bachelor of science degrees. Students earning either degree must complete one foreign language through the 102-level, and all students are encouraged to pursue a balanced program of study.

In addition, students earning a bachelor of arts degree must fulfill separate requirements for breadth and depth of study.

For the breadth requirement, students must complete at least 3 credits in each of the four CAS disciplinary areas other than the area of the student’s major. These areas are fine arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences. A course taken to fulfill the CAS breadth requirement may not also be used to fulfill a UC requirement.

For the depth requirement, students must complete at least 9 credits within a single subject area other than that of the major. (A “subject area” is identified with a catalog subject code, such as PL, CJ, WS, MA, etc.) 

A student enrolled in the Accelerated Dual-Degree BA/JD or BS/JD (3+3) program is exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement. A student pursuing a double major is likewise exempt from these College of Arts and Sciences requirements, with the exception of the foreign language requirement.

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