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Philosophy Major

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Why Study Philosophy?

Students of Philosophy are better prepared to meet the many challenges of our modern world. Our major is designed either as a stand-alone degree, or to be easily combined with another field of study. Philosophy is unique in that it teaches you skills which are transferrable and will enhance your ability to succeed in a wide variety of careers because the practice of Philosophy helps you master abilities that other majors simply do not teach, which are always in demand, and can help in all aspects of your life.

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Why Study Philosophy at Eastern?

The Philosophy major at Eastern incorporates interdisciplinarity, diversity, and versatility. It provides opportunities for the development of creative, responsible, critical and caring thinking through the study of Western and non-Western philosophical traditions. Students explore the interconnections between philosophy and other disciplines and learn to apply philosophical methodologies to complex problems of personal and social relevance. This program is ideal for students interested in law, public policy and journalism, and connects well with students majoring in Political Science, Psychology, Business, Communication, and Education.

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Salary Potential


Median salary, College Professor


Median salary, Lawyer

* U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics

Hands-on Learning

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Philosophy majors intern with private legal firms as well as public legal agencies throughout Connecticut, while interns have also worked internationally in Liberia, Malta and Kenya.

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The Philosophy program is associated with a number of different student organizations, each of which can enhance your learning and connect you with other students outside of the classroom.

Philosophy Club Pre-Law Society Human Rights Club

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Philosophy Honors Society

Eastern Philosophy students will have the opportunity to earn membership in the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society.

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Career Options

Students who pursue undergraduate degrees in Philosophy can have rewarding and successful careers in a variety of professional fields, including:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • Lawyer
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Medical Professions
  • Non-profit Agencies
  • Publishing
  • University Professor

Successful Alumni

Graduates continue studying Philosophy at the master’s degree level or enroll in other graduate programs such as Law, Business, Education and Journalism.

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For more information

Dr. Karl Stocker
(860) 465-0244

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In the News

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Eastern inducts hundreds into honor societies in spring 2024

May 16, 2024

More than 20 academic programs and departments at Eastern Connecticut State University recognized student achievements this spring 2024 semester during honor society inductions and award ceremonies.

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Philosophy panel examines right to abortion

November 09, 2022

Two philosophy faculty members examined perspectives on the right to abortion in a panel discussion on Nov. 7. Professor Ana Funes-Maderey and Lecturer Matthew Rukgaber each presented a different perspective on why abortion should be legal. The event was presented by the Philosophy Program in partnership with the Human Rights and Philosophy Clubs.

Alumni Testimonials

Kyle Sorensen ’16

Kyle Sorensen ’16

Philosophy major Kyle Sorensen recently received paralegal certification at Branford Hall Career Institute. “While philosophy is a field of study that trains students to think critically about issues, it is also a means to unexpected careers. Philosophy allows any student who studies rigorously to find alternative ways to engage with the world.”

Ryan Stevens ’22
Philosophy Major

Ryan Stevens ’22

Ryan is planning to become an attorney, and will be attending law school at Franklin Pierce University. “Eastern has prepared me with skills such as critical thinking and analytical reasoning, like my class in ’Logical Inquiry,’ which helped me on my LSAT. I can use those skills when speaking in front of a judge. The faculty have also been great; they are always there to help you,”

Bianca Little ’18
Liberty University School of Law

Bianca Little ’18

Bianca Little ’18 (philosophy) is pursuing a Juris Doctor degree at Liberty University School of Law. “Eastern is a great school to study philosophy because of the program coordinator’s infectious passion. Professor Ana Funes-Maderey makes the program interesting and relatable to every student. Under her direction, I grew to love philosophy more and more.”