Philosophy Major

All of us have a desire to understand life. But for Philosophy majors, it’s a passion.

What does it mean to live a successful life?  Is there a role for religious faith in a technologically advanced and pluralistic society?  Is beauty merely in the eye of the beholder or are sunsets, roses and impressionist paintings truly beautiful? 

For those who are passionate about big questions like these, philosophy at Stonehill College is an ideal pursuit.  As a philosophy major, students have the opportunity to connect with professors who are also passionate about these sorts of questions. Theyencourage students to deepen their thinking about issues like these in a journey that unfolds in small classes where lifelong friendships develop.

In addition to providing a solid foundation in the history and central principles of philosophy with courses on great philosophers like Plato, Aristotle, Heidegger and Nietzsche, the major is designed to provide the flexibility to delve into the philosophical questions and issues that intrigue you the most.  Examples include:

  • Bio-medical Ethics
  • Ethics and the Arts
  • Asian Philosophies
  • Philosophy of Film
  • Minds, Brains, and Technology
  • Genetics and Human Nature

A Foundation that Enhances Any Career

Philosophy prepares students for professional life by fostering the skills necessary for effective leadership, including the ability to: 

  • Think critically and objectively.
  • Write clearly.
  • Develop creative solutions to complex problems.
  • Analyze information for fairness and accuracy.
  • Present cases convincingly.

 Our students have gone on to successful careers in:

  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Education
  • Social service
  • Business


According to, those with a bachelor’s degree in philosophy have higher starting salaries than all other liberal arts majors. In addition, a study conducted by the National Institute of Education found that philosophy majors consistently scored higher than nearly all other majors on both the GRE and the LSAT. It also found that philosophy majors tend to score 15% higher than business majors on the GMAT.

Value that Cannot be Measured on a Balance Sheet

In a world that increasingly attempts to commoditize higher education, philosophy reminds us of the value of learning as an end unto itself. By giving students the tools to examine themselves and their world, philosophy, perhaps more than any other discipline, offers enrichment in ways that cannot be measured on a balance sheet.

“Philosophy students are more likely to challenge the status quo, and that’s a good thing in all kinds of jobs.
It’s not just about following the rules and being obedient to the prevailing way of doing things, but questioning these norms in a constructive and productive way.”
 Richard Capobianco, Professor of Philosophy