What will I learn?

Philosophy is the 'love of wisdom.' It involves a relentless probing of the most profound and difficult questions concerning human beings and their place in the universe. It is therefore the most comprehensive study. The Department of Philosophy offers a program designed to acquaint students with the major divisions of philosophy and with the principal historical and contemporary figures and schools. The study of philosophy is excellent preparation for a variety of vocations and professions, as well as for graduate study in medicine, law, government, business, and journalism.

The Department of Philosophy offers a major and a minor. Students should plan their programs in consultation with the department chair or another member of the Philosophy faculty as soon as they decide to major or minor in philosophy. Philosophy students are urged to complete a minimum of 15 credits in a foreign language and to gain as broad an education in other subject areas as possible.

Required Courses......................................21 credits

PHI201 Symbolic Logic (3)
PHI211 Ancient Greek Philosophy (3)
PHI215 Modern Philosophy (3)
PHI304 Ethics (3)
PHI471 Theory of Knowledge (3) OR PHI474 Metaphysics (3)
PHI490 Seminar (3)
One course in non-western philosophy, by advisement (3) *

* Courses meeting the non-western requirement currently include PHI251 Indian Philosophy, PHI252 East Asian Philosophy, PHI330 Chinese Philosophy, and PHI332 Buddhist Philosophy.

Electives....................................................15 credits

Which department am I in?

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

Study options

Full Time (8 semesters)

Tuition fees
US$17,998.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

1 May 2022

Start date

29 August 2022


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

SUNY New Paltz,

1 Hawk Drive,


New York,

12561, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have a high school degree and a minimum cumulative undergraduate grade-point average (GPA) of 3.00 on a 4.00 scale (or an 85% grade average or higher).

English Language Proficiency: TOEFL iBT – 80; IELTS - 6.5; PTE Academic – 58; Duolingo English Test – 105. Application Deadlines: December 1 for Spring semester (January start); May 1 for Fall semester (August start).

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


About State University of New York at New Paltz

The State University of New York at New Paltz is an affordable yet high-quality university offering a diverse range of programs.

  • Affordable, high-quality university
  • Small class sizes with a 15:1 student-to-faculty ratio
  • Builds future professionals with lasting skills
  • Academic English pathway program available

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