About This Program
You’re fascinated by the big questions: Why are we here? What should we believe? What’s right and what’s wrong? You enjoy deconstructing problems in order to find solutions. You know that knowledge is more than a set of facts. Philosophy may be the major for you.
Why Utica College
The philosophy major at Utica College enables students to develop crucial 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. Taught by a highly accomplished faculty, our programs cultivate ethical decision-making, critical thinking, effective communication, and a deeper level of insight.
Philosophy at Utica
"For no light matter is at stake; the question concerns the very manner in which human life is to be lived."
- Public Administration
- Corporate Administration
- And more!
Three Academic Minors
What You'll Learn
The philosophy curriculum offers a thorough grounding in the history of philosophy, ethics, logic and critical thinking. An examination of the nature and historical development of the most fundamental ideas of Western philosophy is included, as is the systematic study of major theories of ethics and logical and epistemological principles. Students receive intensive training in the main subfields of philosophy:
- epistemology (theories of belief and knowledge)
- metaphysics (theories of reality)
- political philosophy (theories of justice)
- history of philosophy
A Degree That Works
Philosophy majors develop knowledge and skills that can be applied to a broad range of career paths, including law, public administration, research, corporate administration, teaching, and more. UC philosophy alumni have taken leadership positions at:
- Sun Life Financial
- Wagner College
- New York State Capital Defender's Office
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society
Student Voices: Viktoria Yudchits '18
A brief conversation with Viktoria Yudchits '18 - a dual biology / philosophy major with a minor in chemistry - about how her experience at Utica College and her volunteer work in Kenya helped solidify her plan to become a pediatrician.
Student Voices: David Cooney
History major, philosophy minor, and U.S. Army veteran David Cooney talks about his experience at Utica College and his passion for preserving the past for future generations.
Student Voices: Anthony Sokolowski
A brief conversation with Anthony Sokolowski, a government and politics major with a minor in philosophy of justice. Anthony talks about his experience at UC, his professors, and his internship at the Office of the Oneida County District Attorney.
The Applied Ethics Institute
Utica College is home to The Applied Ethics Institute, founded in 1986, promoting public discussion of contemporary ethical issues within the college, professional and civic groups, and the broader community.LEARN MORE