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Explore questions about right and wrong, the human condition and the meaning of life. Our flexible programs allow you the freedom to pursue a variety of intellectual interests while preparing you well for whatever career you choose — and for your role as a citizen of the world.

Philosophy Department

Are you looking for a liberal arts major that will prepare you for advanced graduate work? Or, are you looking for a liberal arts major that will prepare you for advanced studies leading to a career in law, business, finance, mass media, education or government?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the philosophy program at SUNY Plattsburgh might be the major for you.

Pursue Knowledge & Truth

Philosophy encompasses a broad range of subjects and a wide variety of methodologies. In general, all philosophers pursue knowledge and truth about the world, the good life, human nature, and our relationships to others.

A philosophical background will prepare you well for whatever path you choose. Indeed, many people have begun successful careers, and fulfilling lives by majoring in philosophy.

Philosophical Subject Areas

Your courses will cover four main philosophical subject areas:

  • History of philosophy
  • Theoretical and applied ethics
  • Contemporary issues about knowledge, mind, consciousness, and reality
  • Principles of logic and logical reasoning
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