A student can
major or minor in philosophy
take philosophy courses as part of other majors or minors
study philosophy in the Hofstra University Honors College or the First Year Connections program.
Two philosophy major programs:
- Regular Philosophy Major (30 credits in philosophy)
- Pre-health major with concentration in philosophy (includes all required pre-med science courses plus 21 credits in philosophy)
- Why Philosophy is good preparation for Medical Careers
Interdisciplinary and Minor Programs:
A minor is 18 credits (6 3-credit courses)
- A regular Philosophy Minor is 18 credits in philosophy (9 hours at the 100-level and 6 hours in residence
- The Philosophy of Law minor is directed by Dr. Amy Baehr (email), Associate Professor of Philosophy. Philosophy is great for pre-law students. Some pre-law students do a double-major philosophy with political science or economics or sociology, or major in one area and minor in the other. Students who are interested in patent law and who study engineering would also benefit from a double-major with philosophy or a minor in philosophy.
- Philosophy of Science is an interdisciplinary minor program also housed in the philosophy department. Dr. Christopher Eliot (email), Associate Professor of Philosophy, is the Philosophy of Science program director.
- Philosophy is the home of the interdisciplinary program in Cognitive Science. Dr. Anthony Dardis, Professor of Philosophy (email), is the Cognitive Science program director.
Concentrations within PhilosophyStudents can also concentrate within the major or minor in Applied Ethics. Dr. Ralph Acampora (email), Associate Professor of Philosophy, directs the Applied Ethics concentration.
Other Interdisciplinary ProgramsPhilosophy courses are also part of several other interdisciplinary programs, for example:
- Technology and Public Policy
- Urban Ecology
- Environmental Resources
- Sustainability Studies
- Criminology and Forensic Studies
- American Studies
- Public Affairs
Honors College and First Year ConnectionsPhilosophy is a core discipline for the Honors College year-long introductory course Culture and Expression and philosophy faculty regularly teach that course. The Honors College also offers Honors Seminars which are frequently on philosophical topics and taught by philosophy department faculty.
Philosophy courses are also offered in the First Year Connections program.