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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Philosophy

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What am I? What can I know? What must I do? Use reason and argument to extend your mind and engage with these fundamental questions. You'll study foundational thinkers and develop critical reading, analytical thinking and sound argumentation skills.

Philosophy encompasses both a tradition reaching back many thousands of years and very current, active research. The study of philosophy is an ideal way to participate in the life of the mind. It deepens your understanding of our culture, history and society.

Coursework covers both the historical and contemporary aspects of philosophy. The curriculum includes the core areas of:

  • Ethics
  • Logic
  • Metaphysics and the theory of knowledge
  • History of philosophy

You can also explore other diverse areas of inquiry and culture, such as:

  • Mathematics
  • Natural and social sciences
  • Language
  • Politics and the law
  • The arts
  • History
  • Education
  • Religion

What can I do with philosophy?

Philosophy develops skills for many careers and professions:

  • Careful analytical reading of texts
  • Construction and evaluation of arguments
  • Writing of clear, effective prose

What about jobs? Your philosophy major is excellent preparation for:

  • Law school
  • Government service
  • Publishing
  • Business and finance

Philosophy majors include J. Paul Getty, Carl Icahn, Gerald Levin, George Soros, Carly Fiorina and many others.

Philosophy majors often combine their study with a major or minor in another discipline either within or outside the College of Arts and Sciences. It is an ideal companion to other courses of study.

Study abroad

Broaden your perspective and walk some of the paths of the great thinkers who came before you. Explore international study through Syracuse Abroad, with more than 100 programs in 60 countries. Choose semester, summer, short term and yearlong options.

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