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Philosophy Major

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Why Study Philosophy?

Philosophy examines the most basic assumptions on which our actions, beliefs and systems of thought (social and individual) are built.  Students of philosophy arrive at a deeper understanding of the issues at hand; develop new perspectives; and learn new ways of thinking that can help them solve problems in various disciplines and make wise, sound and moral decisions in their own lives.

Why Study Philosophy at Eastern?

The Philosophy major at Eastern gives students the tools to address any issue regarding our lives as human beings with critical openness, creativity and intellectual rigor.  The program focuses on the development of autonomous, creative and critical thinking through courses such as Global Ethics, Philosophical Perspectives, Phenomenology and Feminist Philosophies. Students are also introduced to non-western philosophical traditions through courses such as Asian Philosophies and Buddhist Philosophy.  A Philosophy minor is available to non-Philosophy majors.

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Salary Potential

$68,360

Median Salary College philosophy teacher

$118,160

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Hands-on Learning

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Internships

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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Clubs

The Peace and Human Rights Club provides a forum for students to advocate for Peace and Human Rights across the campus.

Peace and Human Rights
Members of the Pre-Law Society

Pre-Law Society

Philosophy students may join Eastern’s Pre-Law Society, which provides activities and events with legal themes for its members and prepares them for graduate programs and law school.

Pre-Law Society

Career Options

  • Advertising, marketing and public relations firms
  • Banking and insurance companies
  • Law school
  • Local, state and federal government agencies
  • Medical school
  • 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.

For more information


krassasn@easternct.edu
(860) 465-4594

Alumni Testimonials

Kyle Sorensen ’16
Thailand

Kyle Sorensen ’16

Philosophy major Kyle Sorensen is teaching English in Thailand. “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.”

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.”