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Immerse yourself in the life of the mind. Your studies will focus on the historical and contemporary aspects of philosophy, including ethics, logic, metaphysics, and the theory of knowledge.

You'll concentrate on logic or political philosophy, and deepen your understanding of culture and history.

About the College of Arts and Sciences

The founding college of Syracuse University remains at the center of undergraduate learning. The College is divided into the natural sciences and mathematics, the humanities, and the social sciences, with the lattermost offered in partnership with the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs.


Sample courses for philosophy majors include:

  • Theories of Knowledge and Reality
  • Ethics and Contemporary Issues
  • Introduction to Moral Theory
  • American Slavery and the Holocaust
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Philosophy of Action

View official major requirements.

Practical Experience

Seize opportunities to do community volunteering and professional internships—on campus, off campus, or internationally. Academic counselors and faculty advisors will guide you in aligning your interests and academic path with opportunities for growth.

Turn to the College of Arts and Sciences’ Center for Innovative Learning (iLEARN) for support with innovative educational programs and your undergraduate research activities. The center can help complement your traditional classroom and laboratory work with enhanced out-of-classroom learning experiences.

The Sheldon P. Peterfreund Undergraduate Philosophy Prize of $1,000 is awarded each year to a junior student, nominated by a faculty member, who shows exceptional potential for philosophical achievement.

There are more than 300 recognized student organizations at Syracuse University and you can get involved with any of them. Members of the Philosophy Club read and discuss philosophic topics, and you can also explore organizations with themes like art, entertainment, advocacy, government, media, religion, and service.

Study Abroad

Broaden your perspective and enhance your resume with an international experience through  Syracuse Abroad , which features more than 100 programs in 60 countries. You can choose semester, summer, short term, and yearlong options for international study.

Philosophy majors most often go abroad to Syracuse University centers in Florence, London, and Strasbourg, and to our World Partner programs at the University of New South Wales, University of the West Indies, and Waseda University (Tokyo).

Life After Syracuse University

As a College of Arts and Sciences graduate with a major in philosophy, you can explore such careers as:

  • Lawyer
  • Teacher
  • Government Service
  • Publisher
  • Business and Finance
  • Writing and Journalism

You can also pursue graduate training in such areas as law, medicine, education, journalism, and more. Recent graduates of the program have attended some of the top graduate schools in the U.S.