Degrees in philosophy reflect wide-ranging study of the questions "What can we know?", "What ought we do?", "What can we hope?", and the proposed answers to these. The degrees provide competencies in considering issues from a variety of perspectives,
seeking to clearly formulate the essential questions involved, and developing both the criteria for successful answers to those questions, and the answers themselves - abilities that are valuable in every post-baccalaureate
About Our Courses
Acceptance Criteria Minimum GPA of 2.0 overall. One philosophy course with a minimum grade of "C."
Class Instructors Many introductory courses and almost all advanced courses are taught by faculty.
Philosophy faculty have a wide variety of interests and specializations, offering multiple perspectives on philosophical problems and issues. Professor Braun specializes in logical analysis of language, Professor Cho and Professor Cohen in contemporary
European philosophies, Professor Dipert in American philosophies, Professor Gracia in medieval and contemporary metaphysics and Latin American philosophy, Professor Kearns in analytic philosophy, Professor Korsmeyer
in aesthetics, Professor Smith and Professor Bittner in contemporary ontology, Professor Yu in ancient philosophy and Chinese philosophy, Professor Lawler in the history of modern Western philosophy, Professor Hershenov
in medical ethics. Professor Shockley in environmental ethics, Professor King in ethics and aesthetics, Professor Beebe in experimental epistemology, Professor Donnelly on the nature of time and space, Professor Powell
in early modern philosophy and the philosophy of language, and Professor Bommarito in ethics and Asian philosophy.
Several faculty have international backgrounds: Kah Kyung Cho from Korea, Jorge J.E. Gracia from Cuba via Canada, Barry Smith from Great Britain via Liechtenstein, and Jiyuan Yu from China (the People's Republic).
Many faculty have earned international reputations for their research and publications, notably: SUNY Distinguished Professor and Samuel P. Capen Chair Jorge J.E. Gracia, SUNY Distinguished Teaching Professor
Kah Kyung Cho, C.S. Peirce Professor of American Philosophy Randall Dipert, and Julian Park Professor and SUNY Distinguished Professor Barry Smith.
Practical Experience and Special Academic Opportunities
Undergraduate majors in philosophy may pursue independent study of a particular topic or issue with a philosophy faculty member. Majors with very good GPAs in philosophy may pursue honors, independent study, or a graduate seminar for undergraduate credit.
Majors may specialize in selected areas, including professional and medical ethics, philosophy of law, logic, and the history of philosophy.
The Steinberg Award is presented annually to the student who submits the best original work on a philosophical theme. The Mary C. Whitman Scholarship is awarded yearly to an outstanding senior philosophy major.
The Philosophy Club is open to all philosophy majors and minors, providing opportunities for undergraduates to discuss issues and topics of current interest.