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.
Student Spotlight: James Burnham ’19
Double the experience for James Burnham ’19
James Burnham ’19, a double major in economics and philosophy, spent last summer working as an intern at Travelers Insurance.
This summer, after graduating from the College of Arts and Sciences, Burnham will return to the Hartford-based insurance giant to begin his career in product management.
Burnham credits his education and his extracurricular leadership opportunities at Quinnipiac for setting the stage for a job offer.
“You have to challenge yourself and elevate yourself,” Burnham said. “Quinnipiac gives you the chance to do that with access to great professors, all kinds of clubs and activities, and the chance to pursue what excites you and interests you.”
Burnham said his decision to study economics and philosophy was not a coincidence.
“In the 21st century, they go hand-in-hand,” he said. “They give you the complementary skills to think critically and analytically.”
If Burnham needed validation his academic background was well suited for Travelers, he found it last summer.
“The vice president of my region was an astrophysics major and a philosophy of science major in college,” Burnham said. “That was one of the moments where I realized this is a company that values intellect and your capabilities as a thinker — people like me.”
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 396, PL 399) may count toward completion of the major. Students majoring in philosophy must meet the following requirements:
|University Curriculum 1||46|
|College of Arts and Sciences Curriculum 2||21-24|
|Philosophy Core Requirements|
|PL 101||Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|PL 202||Logical Reasoning||3|
|PL 220||Ethics and Human Values||3|
|PL 332||Ancient Philosophy||3|
|PL 333||Modern Philosophy||3|
|PL 401||Senior Seminar||3|
|Select six philosophy or cognate courses:||18|
|Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy (PO 217)|
|Philosophies of Health, Healing and Medicine|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Philosophy of Language|
|Philosophy of Mind|
|Philosophy of Technology and Social Transformation|
|Philosophy of Sport (SPS 240)|
|Philosophy of Art|
|Living Religions of the World|
|Diverse Global Philosophies|
|Philosophy of Religion|
|Independent Study in Philosophy|
|Philosophy of War and Peace (PO 312)|
|Thought and Work of Albert Schweitzer (SL: Service Learning)|
|Philosophy and Gender (WS 330)|
|Philosophy of Humor|
|Human Rights: Theory and Practice (PO 337)|
|Philosophy of Sex and Love|
|Philosophy of Death and Dying|
|Critical Game Studies (GDD 395)|
|Directed Research in Philosophy|
Cognate courses: 3
|The Age of Pericles|
|American Political Thought|
|Democratic Theory and Practice|
All students must complete the University Curriculum requirements.
Students must complete the College of 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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