Philosophy

This program presents Philosophy as an integral life activity growing out of a deep and passionate concern with life and its meaning. In its academic mode, Philosophy has been noted for cultivating those dispositions and aptitudes requisite for critical thinking and sound judgment. In this function it provides the strongest preparation for rational living.

The Philosophy program prepares students to enter as intelligent participants in contemporary discussions about issues of freedom, justice, personal authenticity, and morality. It does so through a series of historical and systematic courses that explore the conceptual foundations of our tradition and engage students in great debates about the ultimate questions of existence that perennially confront those who would live examined lives. By critically assessing foundational concepts and systematically evaluating philosophical arguments students acquire that mental freedom and develop those thinking skills that enable them to be intellectually responsible agents in directing their own lives and contributing to the life of society.

A Philosophy major is a thoroughly practical major for a changing world because it allows you to develop the ability to take new perspectives, to think within a variety of frameworks, and to challenge assumptions that often go unquestioned. Philosophy majors are thus well-equipped to face a changing set of career demands and challenges.

Our department is small, and the atmosphere is friendly. We enjoy what we do and our students receive quality advising and close personal attention. Quite often the discussions begun in class continue on down the hall with other faculty and students joining in the debate. We are careful to cultivate and maintain this casual environment of open discussion and we are quite proud of it. While each of us has different interests and specializations, what draws us together as a department is the fun we have exploring new ideas, and sharing this pleasure with our students.

 

 

 

 

Fast Facts and Outcomes

The Philosophy program prepares students to enter as intelligent participants in contemporary discussions about issues of freedom, justice, personal authenticity, and morality. It does so through a series of historical and systematic courses that explore the conceptual foundations of our tradition and engage students in great debates about the ultimate questions of existence. A Philosophy major is a thoroughly practical major for a changing world because it allows you to develop the ability to take new perspectives, to think within a variety of frameworks, and to challenge assumptions that often go unquestioned.

What makes Misericordia’s Philosophy program stand out from all the rest:

Our Philosophy faculty are generous with one on one attention whenever students have any research interests. It is also very easy to pair a Philosophy major with another major. Students are able to double major in Philosophy for English, Pre-Law, Psychology, or Business.

Program degree options:

  • Bachelor in Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Pre-DPT Specialization)
  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy (Pre-Law Specialization)
  • Minors available in: Philosophy and Ethics
  • Master’s 4+1 program in Philosophy in Ireland: Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, Ireland.
    • Ph.D. Option: at Mary Immaculate College in Limerick, in philosophy or arts and culture.
  • Master’s 4+1 program in Organization Management: Misericordia University

Job opportunities for a Philosophy degree include the following fields:

  • Business
  • Consulting
  • Computer Science
  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Finance
  • Fundraising
  • Government
  • Health Care
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Management
  • Marketing
  • Mathematics
  • Military
  • Ministry
  • Non-Profit Sector
  • Public Policy
  • Public Service
  • Publishing
  • Science

Other opportunities available in:

Student Activities: Phi Sigma Tau Honors Society; Sarah Gill and Living Philosophy Aspen Awards; and Food for Thought.
Graduate school preparation for: Humanities & Science; Law; Business; and Medical Schools.

Philosophy Department Outcomes:

Within the past 10 years, we have sent one major to a Ph.D. program in Philosophy at SUNY-Buffalo, one to a Ph.D. program in Organizational Science at UNC-Chapel Hill, another to a Master’s Program in Bioethics at the University of Pennsylvania, one to a Master’s program in Philosophy, another to a Master’s program in Popular Culture at Bowling Green State, and several to law school. One recently graduated from Penn State’s Dickinson School of Law. Another who went to Temple University Law School spent a year abroad in Japan and is now in private law practice. One of our Ethics minors also completed the Bioethics Master’s degree at Penn. And several of our majors have gone on to the DPT program at Misericordia.

In addition to graduate school placements, our majors go into a variety of different careers. Several of our double majors in Philosophy and GLNS are now employed in state and federal government positions, and one went into the Jesuit Volunteer Corp. Another major who started at a low, entry-level position working at a group home for people with developmental disabilities quickly moved up and became a Director of that home, in addition to doing Consultant work for special needs care.

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