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Students who study philosophy confront theoretical and practical questions about themselves, their social world, and the fundamental nature of reality. Engaging in philosophical thinking is essential to a superior liberal arts education. It enriches thought, understanding, and imagination.

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.


Our Program

The Department of Philosophy offers a major in philosophy, a minor in philosophy, and an interdisciplinary minor in Ethics & Values in Society (as of Fall 2022). Our curriculum is offered on three levels: introductory courses (100-level), intermediate (200-level), and advanced courses including topical and major figures seminars (300- and 400-level).

The Philosophy Major meets the needs and interests of students who:

  • plan graduate study and teaching in the field
  • intend to go to law school
  • seek preparation for work in government, business, social service, or any field in which critical thinking is valued, and
  • simply want to think deeply about fundamental life questions and assumptions

The new Minor in Ethics & Values in Society is particularly appropriate for students who:

  • are interested in making positive change in their local community or on a national or global level
  • would like to study values in depth
  • wish to bring together interdisciplinary course-work of their choosing with philosophical focus on moral, political, and/or legal theory



Skylar Reed' 23, right, a philosophy major and the first graduate with a minor in Ethics & Values in Society presents a poster on her Capstone Research at Great Day 2023. She worked with Dr. Jessica Gilbert-Overland, PRODiG Fellow in Geography and Sustainability, at left.


Other Updates/Happenings

Read about our Philosophy Outreach Program, through which our students bring philosophical discussion into area high schools. This program was paused during COVID; we hope to bring it back to life in the near future.

The philosophy department has also been heavily involved in pre-college programs at Geneseo through the development of the Summer Institute in Justice and Ethics in Modern America, which was offered virtually in 2021 and 2022.

In Spring 2023, all full time/tenure and tenure-line faculty were Geneseo Safe Zone trained or refreshed.



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Philosophy Department
SUNY at Geneseo, Welles 103
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454-1205
(585) 245-5231
Fax: (585) 245-5262