A Commitment to Positive Change
She might not have known that some day she would apply the lessons of Plato and Aristotle to the world of law and order. But it didn’t take Brittany Kaminski ’11 long to see how her philosophy studies could be woven into many aspects of her life and her goals.
Professor Richard Capobianco Publishes His Second Book on Heidegger
Stonehill Philosophy Professor’s Latest Book Solidifies His Position as Eminent Heidegger Scholar
Philip Gasbarro ’14 named Philosophy Student of the Year
In recognition of outstanding academic achievement, Philip Gasbarro ’14 has been named the top student in the Philosophy Department for 2014.
“Philosophers have sometimes been accused of dismissing the experiences of the body in favor of living a ‘life of the mind.’”
The Philosophy Department’s newest arrival, Professor Megan Mitchell, brings with her a strong background in feminism.
“[SURE] allows you to take what you’ve learned in the classroom, what you’ve studied for years here, and to really bring it to life.”
Princeton Review's Best 300 Professors
Philosophy Professor, Richard Capobianco has been named one of the best undergraduate teachers according to The Princeton Review and based on feedback by the students he teaches and inspires.
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 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:
- Social service
According to payscale.com, 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.