*Not a baccalaureate degree program
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Please visit the Philosophy department website for additional information about our faculty.
The critical thinking skills developed through coursework philosophy are extremely useful for admissions to graduate programs in law, medicine, or philosophy. Philosophy minors pursue careers in teaching, medicine, law, business, social and natural sciences, arts, journalism and government.
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.
Professor Maureen Donnelly, Director of undergraduate studies
Students in this program may qualify for scholarships and financial support from a number of sources, including: