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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Syracuse University

Main Campus, Syracuse, United States
  • QS World University Rankings
    651-700
  • Degree Other
  • Study Level Bachelors
Philosophy is a field with a tradition reaching back many thousands of years but is also an area of very active current research. The study of philosophy at Syracuse University covers both its historical and contemporary aspects. The study of philosophy is perhaps the most liberal of the liberal arts, an ideal way to participate in the life of the mind. It expands one's imagination and deepens one's understanding of our culture and its history. Philosophy develops skills for many careers and professions: the careful analytical reading of texts, the construction and evaluation of arguments, and the writing of clear, effective prose. An undergraduate philosophy major is excellent preparation for law school, for government service, for a career in publishing, and even for a successful career in business and finance (Philosophy majors include J. Paul Getty, Carl Icahn, Gerald Levin, George Soros, Carly Fiorina, and many others). Philosophy majors at Syracuse University often combine their study with a major or minor in another discipline either within or outside the College of Arts and Sciences. The philosophy curriculum has two principal divisions. The first division consists of studies that are central to philosophy proper. There are four core areas: ethics, logic, metaphysics and the theory of knowledge, and the history of philosophy. The second division includes courses devoted to the philosophical examination of other areas of inquiry and culture, such as mathematics, the natural and social sciences, language, politics and the law, the arts, history, education, and religion.