• Hartwick students giving a presentation in front of the class.
  • A Hartwick professor discussing Botany with a student.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope for research.
  • A Hartwick student using a microscope in the science lab.


What is this major?
Whether the starting point is everyday life or academics, philosophical questions are never far off. Philosophical study helps us approach issues with a broad perspective and refine our responses to the most pervasive questions: "Why?" and "What does this mean?" "Philosophy" literally means "loving wisdom" and denotes an activity rather than a topic. To do philosophy is to analyze and reflect on themes from virtually any areas of human experience, including topics as diverse as genetic engineering, friendship, and the nature of thought. A philosophical treatment of these problems requires us not only to express and revise our personal intuitions, but to consider what various sciences, social norms, and religious faiths might suggest about them, and how to understand the relationships among these different approaches.

What can I do with this major?

Bachelor's Degree/Entry Level Further Education/Experience Required
  • lobbyist
  • consultant
  • publisher
  • journalist
  • professor
  • public service official
  • public policy manager
  • lawyer
What skills will I improve/gain?
Problem-solving; deductive reasoning; communicating in a logical manner; interest in pursuing, exploring, and explaining intangible ideas; debating skills; self-discipline; theory development; curiosity; open-mindedness; close, extensive reading; objectivity; work independently; oratory skills

Who employs graduates from this major?
Consulting firms, state/federal government, colleges/universities, religious associations, political parties, publishing companies, hospitals, business and industry, non-profit organizations, newspapers

What is special about this major at Hartwick?

  • Faculty with a diversity of knowledge--from Ancient Philosophy to the Modern World
  • Outstanding January Term opportunities, both on and off campus

Visit the Philosophy Department Web page.

Department Chair
C.W. Sandy Huntington, 607-431-4325, huntingtonc@hartwick.edu

Undeclared Contact
Stanley Konecky, 607-431-4873, koneckys@hartwick.edu

Major Connections Contacts
Please contact the Department Chair by e-mail to ask for the names of a few upper-level students you can contact.

Why contact upper-level students? These students can be a good resource to learn what a major is like, what careers are typical, what the professors are like, or even to learn what helped them to decide on this major.