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.
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.
Wake Forest University School of Law
John Talbot ’18
Syracuse University Law School
Brian Tedd ‘15
University of Leeds, Ph.D. Program, Philosophy
Arthur Carlyle ‘14
New York University, M.A. program in Arts Management
Alexandra Forst ’13
Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
Sara Jane Salloum ‘09
Legislative Fellow, Independent Democratic Caucus Finance Office, New York State Senate
Rob Tracey ’14
Development Associate at Brooklyn Children’s Museum
Alexandra Forst ’13
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Philosophy Major & Minor
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.
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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.
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Philosophy faculty at Hartwick are dedicated teachers and scholars who always put their students first.
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