Philosophy Major

Sample Courses

  • Intro to Logic
  • Intro to Philosophy

Popular Electives

  • Eastern Philosophy
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Ethics
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Medicine and Morality
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Reasoning and the Law
  • World Religions and Contemporary Issues

Recent Internships & Field Experiences

  • Harvard University Summer Research Fellow
  • New York State Assembly Legislative Intern
  • Stance, Assistant Editorial Board Member
  • UC Berkeley School of Law Center on Reproductive Rights and Justice

Alumni Spotlight

Bari Zeiger ‘16

Major: Philosophy

Career: Zeiger is the sustainable agriculture coordinator at the Frost Valley YMCA Farm, in Claryville, NY. “The ability to form persuasive, logical arguments allowed me to successfully present a farm intensification and expansion plan to the CEO of the organization I am employed at. In addition, my background in ethical theory and environmental ethics provides a lens through which I evaluate certain methods employed on the farm, especially regarding livestock husbandry.”

Philosophy Major

Why study philosophy at Geneseo?

Geneseo is a great place to study philosophy: the department is open and friendly, class sizes are small, and majors are encouraged to combine philosophy with other majors.

Courses help students to develop traits for responsible citizenship, such as intellectual humility, as well as skills desired by today’s employers: analysis, communication, leadership, collaboration, and problem-solving. These highly transferable skills allow for career success in a wide range of fields, over a lifetime.

The study of philosophy empowers people to be thoughtful and engaged members of their community.


Program Options

Program Highlights

  • Small class sizes—with many classes under 20 students—allow the faculty to get to know each student and actively mentor them.
  • Faculty have broad teaching and research interests and offer a wide range of courses.
  • A recently revised curriculum means students can customize their experience.
  • Partnerships with several area schools let students bring philosophical discussions into high school classrooms.
  • The department boasts a strong placement record among top graduate programs throughout the US.
  • Many students pair philosophy with another major.

Example Career Fields

  • Business (accountant, investment banker, manager)
  • Education
  • Government
  • Law
  • Non-profit Sector

Recent Employers

  • Bronx County District Attorney Office
  • Corning Museum of Glass
  • FEMA
  • Frost Valley YMCA

Recent Grad Schools

  • Binghamton University
  • Columbia University
  • UC Berkeley
  • University of Notre Dame

Contact Info

David Levy, Department Chair
Welles Hall 107B


Philosophy Faculty

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