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Philosophy Minor

(HEGIS: , CIP: 38.0101 Philosophy)

Department of Philosophy

135 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Professor Neil E. Williams

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Why study Philosophy Minor at UB?

*Not a baccalaureate degree program

Philosophy asks the big questions: what is real? What is justice? What is beauty? How does language work? What is it to be you instead of someone else? How can we come to know? Philosophy trains you to rigorously engage with the world around you. The Department of Philosophy provides opportunities to study ethics, aesthetics, political philosophy, philosophy of mind, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of law, philosophy of science, and a bevy of other subjects. Regardless of the subject, philosophy interrogates our foundational assumptions, engages with our reasons, and demands that we develop stronger arguments. Philosophy sharpens one’s skills as a reader and helps you become a clearer and more careful writer and speaker.

The student of philosophy learns the fundamental theories, concepts and methods of inquiry that have framed our intellectual heritage. Most importantly, philosophers develop tools to critically investigate the values, beliefs, and institutions that shape our lives today. Philosophy inspires students to ask big questions, and provides uniquely good analytic training to help address any question, big or small. Philosophy provides excellent training for a variety of careers, and enhances one’s capacities as a citizen.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of all requirements, the student will have knowledge of:

  • Developing writing skills to effectively communicate an argument and supporting reasons
    • Develop the ability to communicate complex ideas clearly
    • Develop the ability to evaluate and critique arguments
    • Develop the ability to present a position and defend it from critique
  • Develop sophisticated analytical skills that can be used across subject domains
    • Develop the ability to identify and critique arguments in scholarly research and popular media
    • Develop the ability to evaluate arguments for validity and soundness
  • Develop a better understanding of normative considerations across subject domains
    • Develop an understanding of personal and professional moral obligations
    • Develop an understanding of foundational questions of justice and fairness

The Learning Environment

Philosophy courses include both large introductory-level lectures and smaller lectures on more advanced topics. All courses, whether large or small, incorporate opportunities for class discussion. Remote versions of some introductory-level courses are offered regularly, especially in the summer and winter semesters.

About Our Facilities

The philosophy department is housed on the first floor of Park Hall. Most philosophy courses are held in centrally-scheduled classrooms and lecture halls near Park Hall on the north campus.

About Our Faculty

The philosophy department includes 13 full-time faculty with specializations in ethics, aesthetics, social, and political philosophy, epistemology, metaphysics, the history of philosophy, logic, the philosophy of language, and the philosophy of science. In addition to the full-time faculty, the philosophy department has 5 affiliated faculty, 5 emeritus faculty, and about 8 teaching assistants. Our faculty is active, engaged with students, and accessible.

Faculty List Directory

Please visit the Philosophy department website for additional information about our faculty.

Career Outlook

The critical thinking skills developed through coursework philosophy are extremely useful for admissions to graduate programs in law, medicine, or philosophy. Philosophy students pursue careers in teaching, medicine, law, business, social and natural sciences, arts, journalism and government. Position titles for philosophy minors include, among others: research analyst, business consultant, grant coordinator, underwriter, fund raiser, story analyst, employment interviewer, financial aid counselor, credit counselor, claims adjudicator, lobbyist, and recruiter.

Philosophy student routinely have the highest average LSAT scores for law school admission, the highest Composite GRE Score for graduate school, and are in the top 5 majors for GMAT scores for business school admissions. According to, philosophy students enjoy one of the highest starting salaries and mid-career salaries in the humanities, and even beat out a number of science and professional majors. Philosophy is a rewarding program of study in more ways than one!

Academic Advising

Academic Advising with the philosophy department is done by the director of undergraduate studies. Students with questions or concerns regarding Academic Advisement should consult with UB’s College of Arts and Sciences advising services.

Academic Advising Contact Information

Professor Ryan Muldoon, Director of undergraduate studies

Scholarships and Financial Support

Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

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Published: Nov 28, 2022 13:04:14