Philosophy Major & Minor

Where degrees in philosophy can take you.

Hartwick’s philosophy major acquaints students with issues of contemporary philosophical inquiry, as well as the thinking of the great philosophers of the past. Major areas of study include epistemology (how we come to know), metaphysics (the study of reality), and ethics (the study of moral ideals and practice).

Typically, graduates pursue careers as:

  • Public relations specialists
  • Human resources specialists
  • Paralegals and legal assistants
  • Media and communication specialists
  • Lawyers


According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of public relations specialists is projected to grow 9 percent from 2016 to 2026, which means there will be about 22,900 new job openings in the next decade. (U.S. BLS)


Putting philosophy to work.

Philosophy is never studied just for the sake of acquiring credentials. But along the way, philosophy students become qualified for a wide range of career opportunities and graduate study.

 Hartwick alumni work for:

  • AmeriCorps VISTA Reading Partners
  • Segar & Sciortino PLLC
  • Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA)
  • New York State Department of Public Service
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences

Hartwick graduates have been accepted to:

  • William and Mary Law School
  • Purdue University
  • New York University
  • Cornell University
  • Boston University

Beyond the basic.

Hartwick is a member of Phi Sigma Tau, the international honor society in philosophy. Qualified students are inducted every spring. Phi Sigma Tau organizes and sponsors annual philosophy-related events, such as a speaker series or student conferences. The student philosophy club meets regularly and chooses discussion topics, events, and films according to student interest.

A closer look.

The major program culminates in a senior capstone seminar, in which students take their skills of interpretation and analysis to greater depths. Recent capstone projects have explored:

  • Sartre on self and other
  • Nietzsche’s Birth of Tragedy
  • Dewey’s theory of education
  • Chomsky and Kripke on natural languages
  • Kierkegaard on faith, feminism, and philosophy; animal consciousness

Meet the philosophy faculty.

Hartwick’s expert philosophy faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who will have an impact on the world into which they graduate. Hartwick students.

Stefanie Rocknak
Professor and Chair of Philosophy
Ph.D., Boston University
Areas of expertise:
History of Modern Philosophy; Hume, Contemporary Philosophy; Analytic Philosophy, Philosophy of Mind, Aesthetics, Epistemology
J. Jeremy Wisnewski
Professor of Philosophy and Peace & Conflict Studies Co-Coordinator
Ph.D., University of California at Riverside
Areas of expertise:
moral philosophy and phenomenology

Three-Year Bachelor’s Degree Program.

Ready to move faster? Get the full Hartwick philosophy experience in three-quarters the time at three-quarters the cost. Learn more about the three-year program.

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