Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog

Philosophy BA


135 Park Hall
North Campus
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150
Professor Neil E. Williams
(HEGIS: 15.09 PHILOSOPHY, CIP: 38.0101 Philosophy)

Why study Philosophy BA at UB?

Philosophy studies the foundation of values, examines the nature of justice, knowledge and reality, and sets the mind working with accuracy and imagination.

The student of philosophy learns the fundamental theories and concepts that have framed our intellectual heritage, and also learns the essential tools to investigate and develop the ideas that shape our lives today. Philosophy is especially well equipped to teach skills that are important for success in almost any endeavor: how to think critically, how to construct arguments and examine reasons, and how to formulate and express ideas clearly both verbally and in writing.

A major in philosophy provides a solid foundation for advanced study in almost any field, for entering a profession, and for entering the job market with confidence. Because philosophy trains the student to think clearly and critically, it is excellent preparation for the many professions that require these skills.

Learning Outcomes

Besides learning about specific developments in the history of philosophy, philosophy students are expected to develop crucial critical reading, thinking and writing skills through their coursework. Philosophy majors should become adept at identifying, analyzing, and comparing different positions in ethics, political philosophy, and other subject areas, learning to construct and evaluate arguments for and against competing claims.

The Learning Environment

Philosophy courses include both large introductory-level lectures and smaller lectures on more advanced topics. Online 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.

Faculty List Directory

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

Career Outlook

Many philosophy majors go on to post-baccalaureate study in law, medicine, or philosophy. Philosophy majors pursue careers in teaching, medicine, law, business, social and natural sciences, arts, journalism and government. Position titles for philosophy B.A.'s include, among others: research analyst, grant coordinator, underwriter, fund raiser, story analyst, employment interviewer, financial aid counselor, credit counselor, claims adjudicator, lobbyist, and recruiter.

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 Maureen Donnelly, Director of undergraduate studies

Scholarships and Financial Support

The Mary C. Whitman Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding senior philosophy major.

Philosophy students may also qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including:

  • UB Financial Aid, including Scholarships
  • Nationally Competitive Fellowships and Scholarships
  • UB College of Arts and Sciences Scholarships and Awards
Published: November 17, 2017 09:59:19 AM