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What will I learn?

Many people believe that philosophy, as the pre-eminent liberal art, is worth studying for its own sake. You might study philosophy because it helps you understand yourself, and other people, as you prepare for your career and life in the world. You might choose to major in philosophy simply because you enjoy thinking philosophically. Whatever brings you to philosophy, our program allows you to pursue your academic interests — wherever they might lead.

What Will I Learn?

As a philosophy major you can expect to develop analytical and critical skills--skills that are highly prized in both academia and the workplace. By studying philosophical texts and problems, you will learn to think, speak, read and write rigorously and deeply. Our philosophy major allows you to:

Develop analytical skills
Learn to carefully express ideas through speaking and writing
Gain a strong foundation in philosophy while maximizing the flexibility to pursue your own interests in philosophy and in allied fields
Benefit from our strong faculty commitment to quality instruction and advisement

What is Unique About Our Program?

The Philosophy Department faculty members are dedicated to their teaching and to undergraduate students. They are enthusiastic about advising students and helping them progress through their studies and program. Outside of class, the faculty engage students in lively discussions about philosophical issues, and they involve them in their research projects. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests, and to follow connections to other disciplines such as literature, art, psychology, anthropology, computer science, history, among others.

What Are My Career Opportunities?

What career could be in your future? Many people with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy have careers in the following:

Public Service
Community Activism

Do you like to think about right and wrong, the human condition, the meaning of life, and human knowledge? Are you looking for a program that will allow you the flexibility to also pursue a variety of intellectual interests? Are you looking for a liberal arts program that will prepare you for advanced graduate work? Or, are you looking for a liberal arts program that will prepare you for advanced studies leading to a career in law, business, finance, mass media, education or government? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the philosophy program at SUNY Plattsburgh might be the fit for you.

Which department am I in?

School of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$16,980.00 per year
Start date

Expected January, August 2023


School of Arts and Sciences

101 Ward Hall, 101 Broad Street,


New York,

12901, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants should meet the following minimum requirements: Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

For international students

Graduation from an accredited high school or possession of a high school equivalency diploma.

Minimum English proficiency requirements for admission through the English Bridge Program:

TOEFL paper: >490

TOEFL internet: >57

IELTS Academic: >5.5

ELS: >110

British 'O' Level English Pass: >E

PTE (Pearson Test of English): >45

Freshmen are encouraged to submit their applications for the fall semester by Dec. 1 and spring semester applicants by Nov. 1.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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