Christopher A. Riddle
, Ph.D.

Department Chair

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Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

"For no light matter is at stake; the question concerns the very manner in which human life is to be lived."  - Plato


Studying Philosophy: The UC Advantage

The philosophy major at Utica College enables you to develop crucial human capacities that provide a basis for successful living. The ability to think clearly with insight is essential when evaluating the competing claims of alternative value systems and world views. This forms the basis of sound decision-making and leadership.
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Taught by a highly accomplished faculty, our programs cultivate:
  • Ethical decision-making
  • Clear and systematic thinking
  • Effective communication
  • A deeper level of insight


As a philosophy major at UC, you will receive intensive training in the main subfields of philosophy:
  • ethics
  • logic
  • epistemology (theories of belief and knowledge)
  • metaphysics (theories of reality)
  • political philosophy (theories of justice)
  • history of philosophy
For specific program details, see academic requirements >

Program Student Learning Goals

Academic Minors

The philosophy program at UC also offers three academic minors:

Career Outcomes

Philosophy majors develop knowledge and skills that may be applied to a broad range of career paths, including:
  • Law
  • Public administration
  • Research
  • Corporate administration
  • Teaching
UC philosophy alumni have taken leadership positions at:
  • Sun Life Financial
  • Wagner College
  • New York State Capital Defender's Office
  • National Multiple Sclerosis Society