Philosophy Major & Minor

Golisano Hall

Epistemology. Metaphysics. Ethics. Hartwick philosophy brings big ideas to life.

Hartwick philosophy faculty bring the “love of wisdom” to life, imbuing their courses with rigorous reflection, questioning, and analysis of thought.

At Hartwick, we recognize the importance of genuine dialogue, and we foster discussion inside and outside the classroom. We undertake an intellectual adventure, and our alumni are prepared to approach future learning of all kinds with competence, confidence, and original perspective.

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).

A closer look.

The major program culminates in a senior capstone seminar, in which students to 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

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.

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

Meet the philosophy faculty.

Hartwick’s expert philosophy faculty are future-focused. That’s because they work closely with students who are meant for more. 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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