Philosophy

Program Overview

It is as true today as it was 2,000 years ago: philosophy provides the foundation for a liberal education. Studying philosophy sharpens students' ability to understand and analyze concepts, assumptions, beliefs, logical errors and commonly held opinions. It promotes clarity and precision in speaking, comprehension and writing. Majors in philosophy typically receive among the highest average scores of any major on the GREs and LSATs. Philosophy students enjoy successful careers in a wide variety of fields including law, business, medicine and education.

In philosophy, students grapple with big questions: What is the nature of the good life? What does it mean to be ethical? What can we know with certainty? What is the nature of reality? Philosophers ask a lot of questions that don’t seem to have simple or concrete answers. But one of the great strengths of a philosophical education is that it develops students’ ability to ask good questions. As Aristotle claimed, the mark of a well-educated person is not that he or she has amassed knowledge about many fields but that he or she knows how to ask good questions. To be able to ask the right questions at the right time is highly prized by employers and colleagues.

Manhattan College’s major and minor in philosophy allow students to engage many of the greatest minds in history in two different formats — the survey course and the single author course. In our survey courses, students are exposed to a panoroma of influential ideas from different periods and traditions. In our single author courses, students have an opportunity to engage exciting, intriguing and profound minds in depth.