Philosophy

In the Philosophy program, you'll question life's deepest intricacies.

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We like students who ask the tough questions

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.

All majors must take

PHIL 122 Real-Life Logic 4
OR
PHIL 123 Symbolic Logic 4
 
PHIL 130 Ethics 4

At least three courses in the history of philosophy

PHIL 241 The Beginnings of Philosophy 4
PHIL 242 Making of the Modern Mind 4
PHIL 243 Mind, Politics, and Society: 19th Century Philosophy 4
PHIL 244 Contemporary Philosophy 4
PHIL 245 Existentialism 4

At least two other intermediate level courses

And the Capstone Seminar

PHIL 390 Seminar 4

PHIL 390: may be taken more than once.

A minor in philosophy requires

PHIL 122 Real-Life Logic 4
OR
PHIL 123 Symbolic Logic 4

Two history of philosophy courses

PHIL 241 The Beginnings of Philosophy 4
PHIL 242 Making of the Modern Mind 4
PHIL 243 Mind, Politics, and Society: 19th Century Philosophy 4
PHIL 244 Contemporary Philosophy 4
PHIL 245 Existentialism 4

And two electives.

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

So you know that Simmons is a great place to be, you've learned about our programs, maybe even come for a visit...now you're ready to apply! Let's get started.

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Diane Grossman

  • Professor and Chair; Honors Program Director, Mockler Chair, Faculty Senate President