Philosophy Major & Minor
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 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.
Organizations involved in assessing U.S. colleges and universities continually cite Stonehill as being among the best in the nation when it comes to value, outcomes and a commitment to making the world a better place. See full list of accolades.
A Foundation that Enhances Any Career
Studying 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
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.
Pursue a minor in ethical leadership
The ethical leadership minor prepares you to act and lead with justice and compassion in a diverse and uncertain world.
Where Our Philosophy Graduates Work
Stonehill Philosophy students have successfully gone on to pursue advanced degrees and parlay their studies into careers that span a broad spectrum of professions. Continue exploring where our graduates work.
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.