Philosophy Department

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Philosophy Department Overview

Hartwick’s philosophy program acquaints students with contemporary and historical philosophical issues. Major areas of study include the investigation of how and what we can know (epistemology), reality (metaphysics) and moral standards and value theories (ethics and aesthetics). As students become more familiar with these issues, they will fortify their ability to examine, clarify, analyze — and care for — the world around them. In the course of doing so, they will learn how to carefully read a philosophical text and how to clearly articulate their thoughts on complex philosophical issues, both orally and on paper.

Please note: Hartwick College focuses on offering fall, January, and spring term undergraduate courses in person, however circumstances may require us to offer a small number of courses in this department through distance education. In times of emergency, following regulatory guidelines, all classes may temporarily need to be delivered through distance education, including online. We also offer a slate of courses online in the summer to help our students make progress towards their degrees. With support from an academic advisor, students needing particular courses may have other online options as well. If you have questions about the way courses are delivered in your program, please contact your Department or Program Chair.

Exciting Student Outcomes

Hartwick Philosophy students work closely with faculty members to complete external and internal research projects and internships. They are well-prepared for employment or graduate school in multiple fields, including law, business, public affairs/service, education, philosophy, journalism and politics.

Graduate School

Pace University Law School
Giovanni Scarimbolo ’19

Wake Forest University, M.A. program in Mental Health Counseling
Ghalia Mahran ’18

Wake Forest University School of Law
John Talbot ’18

University of Leeds, Ph.D. Program, Philosophy
Arthur Carlyle ’14


Instructor, City Year Chicago
Alex Amat ’20

Legislative Aide to State Senator Cheryl C. Kagan, Annapolis, MD
Rob Tracey ’14

Coordinator, Individual Giving at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Alexandra Forst ’13

Philosophy Requirements

Ready to be an philosophy major or minor? Here’s what it takes

Philosophy Major and Minor

Philosophy Courses

Departmental offerings include courses in the history of philosophy, e.g. Kant, Ancient Philosophy and Modern Philosophy as well as topical courses, e.g. Ethics, Philosophy of Mind, and Zen. Class sizes are kept small to ensure close, one-on-one collaboration between students and professors.

Current Course Offerings

Philosophy Special Opportunities

Hartwick Philosophy students work closely with faculty members to complete external and internal research projects and internships. Students present their work at annual conferences and during Hartwick’s Student Showcase. Philosophy students have the opporutnity join Phi Sigma Tau, the International Honor Society in Philosophy, and publish their work in the society’s journal.

More About Special Opportunities

Philosophy Faculty

Philosophy faculty at Hartwick are dedicated teachers and scholars who always put their students first.

Meet the Philosophy Department Faculty