What will I learn?

Philosophers engage in critical, rigorous, disciplined reflection about the world around us, the social systems in which we live, and the individuals with whom we live. They ask such questions as, Does God exist? Do we have nonphysical souls or minds? Do we have free will? What is the difference between knowing and believing? How can we distinguish between moral right and wrong? What rights do people have? What is justice?

The questions that philosophers ask are those that most reflective people ask at some point in their lives. Philosophy differs from science in that the answers to its questions cannot be directly confirmed by appeal to perception and observation. That doesn’t mean, though, that we cannot distinguish between more reasonable and less reasonable answers. Philosophers appeal to reason in answering their questions. That is, they critically evaluate the reasons for and against the various views one can have on these questions in order to determine what it is most reasonable to believe and do. They evaluate the arguments of others, analyze concepts, and construct arguments to defend their own views.

The study of philosophy helps develop our critical and analytical capacities, our ability to understand what we read, and our ability to argue and persuade. It helps us understand, appreciate, and respect other points of view. It reinforces respect for truth and love of learning. It enhances flexibility in thinking, imagination, and intellectual creativity, and nourishes the sense of wonder and the passion for wisdom. It increases sensitivity to moral issues and provides intellectual tools for thinking constructively about them.

Career Opportunities

The Philosophy major prepares students for any career that requires or values the abilities to think rigorously, critically, and creatively; to communicate effectively orally and in writing; to comprehend what one reads; to analyze information and to appreciate the limits of reliability and degrees of uncertainty; and to work effectively with others while respecting people with different points of view and from different cultural traditions. Most employers prize these abilities. In addition, almost every public and private institution, such as hospitals, social service agencies, corporations, and government departments, face complex ethical issues. People who have studied philosophy are in a particularly good position to help these institutions clarify the issues they face and make reasonable decisions.

Philosophy majors are among those who do best on the Graduate Record Examination Law School Admission Test and who do best in law school, as well as medical school. The major in Philosophy can also prepare highly motivated students for graduate study in philosophy.

Program Objectives

To provide students with knowledge of major figures and trends in the history of philosophy.
To provide students with knowledge of the major ethical and political theories in the Western tradition.
To provide students with the intellectual skills that will enable them to apply philosophical theories to real world problems encountered in personal and family life, at work, and as citizens of a democracy.
To encourage students to evaluate carefully the reliability of sources of information and the reasonability of what they read and hear.
To enhance students’ ability to comprehend what they read.
To enhance students’ ability to make inferences and see logical connections among claims.
To enhance students’ ability to communicate effectively in writing and orally.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
US$35,454.00 per year
The above tuition fee is based on 12-18 credit hours per term; given fee is for 2019 – 2020 and it may be subject to change in future

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

Start date

31 August 2020, 19 January 2021

Venue

College of Arts and Sciences

1215 Wilbraham Road,

SPRINGFIELD,

Massachusetts,

01119, United States

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

For international students

Students admitted as regular, degree-seeking candidates must have graduated from an approved secondary school (high school) or have obtained a General Equivalency Diploma (GED) by the time of their matriculation.

Undergraduate students can use any of the following standardized tests to meet our English language requirement:

TOEFL - 79 IBT

IELTS - 6

PTE Academic - 53

STEP Eiken - Pre-1

iTEP – 4

Admission is on rolling basis.

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About this uni

The WNE campus is spread across a spectacular 215-acre area and was voted number 11 on a list of the 30 most beautiful campuses to visit in the fall.

  • 90% of graduates are in jobs or further study
  • WNE University has over 70 clubs and groups for students
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  • USD 90 million has been invested in new campus facilities