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Philosophy

Overview

Philosophy is the major of presidents, prime ministers and even a pope. Students who have majored in philosophy have served as Supreme Court justices and cabinet secretaries. They are entrepreneurs and CEOs, Pulitzer Prize-winning authors and Academy Award-winning actors and directors.

Philosophy is the study of wisdom, and it addresses problems and questions that affect all aspects of human existence: the fundamental nature of truth, the meaning of law and justice, the foundation of ethics and morality, the processes of science, the role of the state and religion, the value of art, the origin of knowledge.

Philosophy majors score better than most other majors on the admission exams for graduate school (GRE) business school (GMAT), law school (LSAT) and medical school (MCAT), and their earning power consistently ranks near the top among humanities majors.

So why are philosophy majors so successful? Because studying philosophy teaches you enduring skills that are transferable to almost any profession. As a philosophy major at Hofstra, you'll learn how to analyze and synthesize complex information, how to develop a cogent position, communicate it clearly and defend it well. You'll develop the skills to make connections between ideas and find common ground among different viewpoints.

Career prospects for philosophy majors are good. In the New York region, graduates with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy earned an average annual salary of $53,443, and job growth for this major is projected to increase 9.4 percent by 2026, according to New York area labor market data retrieved in July 2018 by Burning Glass Technologies.

Among your professors you'll find experts in animal studies and environmental ethics, feminism, scientific reasoning and data analysis, philosophy of law and religion, and metaphysics. This means you'll be able to tailor your studies to what interests you most, such as technology and public policy, urban ecology, criminology, sustainability, global studies and law.

Our program is committed to fostering a lively, welcoming, intellectually challenging environment where students and faculty build strong bonds that lead to the kind of support and mentorship necessary to succeed and lead, whatever your career aspirations.

Curriculum

Hofstra offers two types of Philosophy degrees. In addition, many of our students pick up a double major in another subject area related to their future plans. Through courses in ancient, modern and contemporary philosophy, you will become a creative problem solver who can make sense of complex information in a modern world.

The BA in Philosophy is a broad-based liberal arts degree that is good preparation for a wide range of careers including law, journalism, business, medicine, cognitive science, neuroscience, medicine and computer science. Students pursuing this degree can pick up a minor or concentration that focuses on law, applied ethics, cognitive science or business.

The BS in Philosophy degree is focused on philosophical areas that are relevant to another professional, technical or scientific discipline. This degree differs from the BA program primarily because it requires students to complete 18 semester hours in a discipline outside philosophy, either through a double major or a minor.

Up-to-date information about required classes and more is available in the Hofstra Bulletin.

BA in Philosophy Requirements BS in Philosophy Requirements

The BA in Pre-health with a concentration in Philosophy degree develops the same skills as the BA in Philosophy, but the program includes all the courses needed for medical school. This program is designed for pre-med students who want a broad liberal arts background, in addition to preparing for medical school.

We also offer a minor in Philosophy as well as minors in Philosophy of Law; Philosophy, Society and Business; Cognitive Science and a new minor in Scientific Reasoning and Data Analysis.

Recent Alumni Outcomes

Our philosophy majors have gone on to careers in a range of industries, as well as pursuing graduate and professional degrees at prestigious colleges and universities across the globe.

Our recent philosophy alumni have gone on to work for companies and organizations including:

  • IBM Corporation
  • Smart Organics Inc.
  • Capital Appraisal Services Inc.
  • Greenblatt & Agulnick, P.C.
  • Vivint

Hofstra graduates who have opted to pursue advanced degrees are doing so at institutions such as:

  • Rutgers University
  • Georgia State University
  • The New School
  • Trinity College
  • CUNY Hunter College
  • Loyola University
99% are employed, grad school or both
89% accept a position within six months
$46K median salary
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Internships and Experience

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Internships provide real-world experience and help focus an undergraduate's professional goals. Recent philosophy students have completed internships at a range of companies and organizations:

  • 180 Degrees Consulting
  • Alpha Search Advisory Partners
  • Barket Marion LLP
  • Parker Jewish Institute
  • Wrevel Co.

Hofstra's philosophy program regularly hosts events, lectures featuring regional and international speakers, film screenings and discussion groups, as well as an annual philosophy conference at which students present their work. We also have a chapter of the Phi Sigma Tau philosophy honor society.

And for the last decade, Hofstra's philosophy department has hosted the annual Long Island High School Ethics Bowl, a competitive yet collaborative event in which students analyze and discuss real-life, and timely, ethical issues.

Meet DR. KATHLEEN WALLACE & DR. AMY BAEHR

 
 

Philosophy Professors Kathleen Wallace, who is chair of the department, and Amy Baehr, whose expertise is criminal justice and gender, discuss why students should consider majoring in philosophy.