Why Philosophy?

From Aristotle to Descartes to Nietzsche, the great philosophers have contributed to the way we think, believe and view the world.

When you study philosophy, you build knowledge and skills that can be applied in nearly every endeavor. You will become adept at problem solving, and acquire the ability to express your thoughts and communicate effectively. You will learn the art of effective argumentation and improve your research and writing skills. In short, you’ll acquire abilities that will serve you well your entire life.

Philosophy majors find careers in law, the arts, management, marketing, teaching, government services, health professions, business and journalism. The abilities you’ll develop as you study in this major set you apart and make you valuable to employers. In addition, you’ll discover that exploring and wrestling with questions that have occupied humankind since its beginning are some of the most rewarding endeavors you will ever encounter.

Your Career

Philosophy is a versatile major that can prepare you for a variety of exciting careers. You might be interested in writing, law, consulting or counseling. Perhaps you’re thinking about a career in public service, or would like to direct communication for business and political leaders. Graduates have gone on to serve as diplomats, authors, professors, lobbyists, researchers and journalists.

Philosophy majors may work for religious institutions, in business and industry, for non-profit organizations and as entrepreneurs. The skills and qualities you develop as a philosophy major can qualify you for a number of positions, as employers value strong critical thinking skills and the ability to communicate effectively.

Earning a philosophy degree at Alvernia can also prepare you for graduate school, including law school. Graduates have pursued advanced degrees at institutions such as Villanova University and Temple University.

For more information about Alvernia’s philosophy program contact the Admissions Office at 1-888-ALVERNIA or 610-796-8269 or admissions@alvernia.edu. For more information about the study of philosophy in general, including what types of jobs are available for graduates, go to the American Philosophical Association website at www.apaonline.org.

Your Curriculum

At Alvernia, you can study philosophy as a major or a minor. The focus of the philosophy program is to engage you in questioning all areas of existence, and preparing you to lead an examined life.

All Alvernia students must successfully complete a minimum of 123 semester credits to receive a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science degree, and philosophy majors must complete 30 credits in the major.

Required courses for philosophy majors are:

  • PHI 105 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHI 230 Introduction to Logic
  • PHI 351 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHI 353 Modern Philosophy
  • Choose one of the following:
  • PHI 200 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHI 210 Professional Ethics
  • PHI 420 Social and Political Philosophy

You also must take an additional 15 elective credits in philosophy, of which at least three are 400 level credits. Electives include:

  • PHI 205 Topics in Ethics
  • PHI 206 Biomedical Ethics
  • PHI 215 Environmental Philosophy
  • PHI 220 Ethics and Law
  • PHI 235 Existentialism
  • PHI 240 Philosophy of Art and Beauty
  • PHI 245 Introduction to Eastern Philosophy and Religion
  • PHI 250 Feminist and Gender Theory
  • PHI 310 Metaphysics
  • PHI 332 Minds, Brains and Computers
  • PHI 335 Philosophy of Love and Friendship
  • PHI 352 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHI 354 Topics in Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHI 440 Great Thinkers

Students who minor in philosophy are required to complete any 18 credits in philosophy.

Contact Information

Corey Harris, Ph.D.

Chair of the Humanities

Francis Hall, 245

610.796.1922

corey.harris@alvernia.edu

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