Binghamton University, State University of New York
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A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy teaches students to examine the world using logic and critical reasoning skills. Philosophy asks fundamental questions about the world we live in: about the meaning of human life; the nature, purpose, and limit of human knowledge; the character and contents of our moral experiences; and the justness of our institutions.
Internships, Research Opportunities, and More
The Philosophy Department offers qualified students the ability to obtain a master’s degree in social, political, ethical, and legal philosophy (SPEL) in just five years! For further information visit the five-year combined degree webpage.
In addition to the fast-track SPEL master’s degree program, the Philosophy Department offers a Pell Honors Program. For internship opportunities, contact the university.
You may also be interested in our accelerated/4+1 degree programs which allow students to complete their bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in just 5 years!
Scholarships and Funding
High-performing students are automatically considered for merit-based scholarships.
Some courses to consider in your first year:
PHIL 105 - Intro To Asian Philosophy
Basic concepts and teachings of several Asian traditions, including Hinduism, Confucianism, and Daoism, with a focus on Buddhism. Students examine both scriptural texts and the works of Asian philosophers and consider questions from the main areas of philosophy, including questions about being knowledge, mind, society, and values. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHIL 107 - Existence and Freedom
Basic concepts in existentialism and phenomenology and an engagement with a variety of existential authors while considering questions from the main areas of philosophy, including questions about being, knowledge, mind, society and values. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHIL 121 - Methods Of Reasoning
The logic of critical thinking it is employed in science and other related areas such as law and public policy. Topics include informal fallacies, deductive and inductive inferences, models, nature of evidence, and analogical reasoning. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHIL 140 - Intro To Ethics
Introduction to some fundamental concepts, issues, and major works in ethics. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHIL 142 - Intro to Political Philosophy
Introduction to some fundamental concepts, issues, and major works about society and politics. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHIL 147 - Markets, Ethics, And Law
A critical introduction to moral issues arising within the economic practices of societies and businesses. The course will survey questions about economic justice at the national or global levels, the justifications of the regulation of economic activity in order, for example, to protect employees, consumers, or the environment, and the values that may limit markets. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHIL 148 - Medical Ethics
This introductory course on medical ethics surveys issues at the intersection of normative ethics and medicine. We spend a significant time addressing issues such as (assisted) reproduction, abortion, enhancement (through drugs or genetically), problems connected to medical experimentation, as well as broader questions such as the just distribution of healthcare resources and global health. We also address topics such as confidentiality and truth-telling, informed consent, and patient autonomy. This course deals primarily with the normative issues at stake. It does not aim to provide immediate practical advice for healthcare practitioners. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
PHIL 149 - Environmental Ethics & Policy
Examination of the major ethical issues pertaining to the natural environment. Topics may include the nature of human obligations to and regarding future generations, non-human animals, ecosystems, and endangered species; decision-making principles for environmental policy; environmental justice; and the relationship of environmental protection to population, technology, and economic growth. 4 credits. Levels: Undergraduate
After You Graduate
A major in philosophy is useful not only for students who plan to continue in graduate studies in philosophy, but also for those thinking of careers in law, business, government, industry, medicine or the arts, or any career that requires creativity and logical and analytic skills. Philosophy majors have some of the best scores on tests, such as the GRE, LSAT and GMAT, as a result of their training.
Here are a few career fields to explore:
- business owner
- graduate education
- health and medicine
- international relations
- non-governmental organization
- nonprofit management
- primary education
- property developer
- social worker