Philosophy Department

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

What makes life worth living? Is time travel possible? Is beauty merely in the eye of the beholder?

If you love thinking about big questions like these, then philosophy at Stonehill College is for you. As a philosophy major, you will connect with professors who are passionate about exploring all aspects of the human experience. They will encourage you to engage in deep and rigorous thinking on a journey that unfolds in small classes where life long 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
“Philosophy is the greatest discipline of all, from which other disciplines follow — English, history, government, math.
It gives you an ability to be analytical about a problem.” 
David Finnegan ’64, attorney, well-known radio host and two-time Boston mayoral candidate on why he majored in philosophy

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 with clarity and precision
  • Extract the main ideas from source material
  • Devise creative solutions to complex problems
  • Identify common ground between opposing sides
  • Develop persuasive argument
“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

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 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.