We like students who ask the tough questions.

What is real? Is morality relative, or universal? In the philosophy program, you'll question life's deepest intricacies.

Our aim isn't to memorize facts, but to explore complex problems and competing perspectives through critical analysis and reflection. Our students gain the ability to express their values and thoughts clearly in both speech and writing.

The extensive talents of our Philosophy students can be applied to any field, including law, journalism, business, social work, medicine, education and writing.

Program Requirements

The Philosophy major, regardless of whether it is to be single or double, requires 40 semester hours (ten courses).

All majors must take:

  • PHIL 122 Critical Thinking or PHIL 123 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 130 Ethics

At least three courses in the history of philosophy:

  • PHIL 241 The Beginnings of Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle
  • PHIL 242 Making of the Modern Mind
  • PHIL 243 Mind, Politics, and Society: 19th-Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 244 Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL 245 Existentialism

Students must also take at least two other intermediate level courses, and the seminar, Philosophy 390, which may be taken more than once and counts toward the independent learning requirement.

Minor Requirements

A minor in philosophy requires PHIL 122 or PHIL 123, two history of philosophy courses (PHIL 241, 242, 243, 244, or 245), and two electives. 

Customize Your Program
We encourage our students to augment their required courses with in-depth study in the liberal arts and additional courses in the major. Dual-degrees, interdisciplinary programs and a wide range of minors are also available. You'll work with your advisor to develop a coherent course program that will meet your educational goals.

A minor in philosophy is also available for students outside of the major. A minor in philosophy requires:

  • PHIL 122 Critical Thinking
    or PHIL 123 Symbolic Logic

Two history of philosophy courses from:

  • PHIL 241 The Beginnings of Philosophy: Plato and Aristotle
  • PHIL 242 Making of the Modern Mind
  • PHIL 243 Mind, Politics, and Society: 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 244 Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL 245 Existentialism

And two electives.

Internships and Research

Our students take advantage of internships in Boston and beyond, building their skills and resumes and learning from mentors in their fields. Recent philosophy internships have included sites like Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston Mobilization, Fairness.com, Unitarian Universalist Service Committee, Center for New Words and various law firms. 

Recent Senior Theses include:

Manic Depression through Many Lenses; Parallels Between Ancient and Contemporary Views of Emotion and Mental Disorder

Epictetus and Stockdale: A Philosophy of Free Will and Freedom in Practice

Between Chatter and Silence: A Comparison of Earlier and Later Heidegger’s Conception of Language

Ethical Leadership

Immigration Policy Post 9/11

Transcending the Individual: Determinism and the Interconnected Self

Jewish Influences in Levinas’ Thought

Ambiguity in the Philosophy of Simone de Beauvoir

Faculty
    Diane Grossman
    • Diane Grossman
    • Professor and Chair of Philosophy
    • Phone: 617-521-2212
    • Office: C310A
    Jo Trigilio
    • Jo Trigilio
    • Senior Lecturer, Program Director of Gender/Cultural Studies
    • Phone: 617-521-2247
    • Office: C205f
    Shirong Luo
    • Shirong Luo
    • Associate Professor
    • Phone: 617-521-2223
    • Office: C310D
    Wanda Torres Gregory
How to Apply
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