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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Undergraduate Studies

Philosophy is the systematic study of ideas and arguments, a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for a comprehensive understanding of the world, a study of principles of conduct, and much more.

Students of Philosophy …

  • Learn how to read with a critical eye, how to spot bad reasoning and avoid it themselves, how to defend a claim by argument, how to write clear, well-organized prose and how to participate in constructive debate.
  • Embrace difficult questions: What am I? What is justice and how can we achieve it? Am I free? What is knowledge? How are scientific claims justified? What is real?
  • Love what they do: our majors say that studying philosophy is interesting, rewarding and fun!
  • Succeed in diverse fields: law, business, government, finance and consulting, the arts, journalism, non-profit work, teaching, medicine and more.
  • Score exceptionally well on the LSAT, the GMAT and the GRE (the standardized tests for Law School, Business School and Graduate Studies).

Major and minor programs in Philosophy at Syracuse University:

Peterfreund Award for Undergraduate Excellence in Philosophy

Undergraduate Philosophy Club

If you have questions about our major and minor programs, please contact the Director of Undergraduate Studies, Michael Rieppel.

If you have questions about course registration, please call the Philosophy department at 315.443.2245 or visit Hall of Languages 541.