Philosophy Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Do you like to think about right and wrong, the human condition, the meaning of life, and human knowledge? Are you looking for a major that will allow you the flexibility to also pursue a variety of intellectual interests?

Are you looking for a liberal arts major that will prepare you for advanced graduate work? Or, are you looking for a liberal arts major that will prepare you for advanced studies leading to a career in law, business, finance, mass media, education or government?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the philosophy program at SUNY Plattsburgh might be the major for you.

Pursue Knowledge and Truth

Philosophy encompasses a broad range of subjects and a wide variety of methodologies. In general, all philosophers pursue knowledge and truth about the world, the good life, human nature, and our relationships to others.

As a philosophy major you can expect to develop analytical and critical skills--skills that are highly prized in both academia and the workplace. By studying philosophical texts and problems, you will learn to think, speak, read and write rigorously and deeply.

Your courses will cover four main philosophical subject areas:

  • History of philosophy
  • Theoretical and applied ethics
  • Contemporary issues about knowledge, mind, consciousness, and reality
  • Principles of logic and logical reasoning

A philosophical background will prepare you well for whatever career you choose, and for your role as a citizen of the world. Indeed, many people have begun successful careers, and fulfilling lives by majoring in philosophy.

Benefits of the Philosophy Program at SUNY Plattsburgh

Flexible Study Options

It is easy to follow your interests in the philosophy program at SUNY Plattsburgh. We offer students two major tracks. One is the usual study of the history of philosophy and the broad range of philosophers and movements. Students can also opt for a more specialized track in ethics and social philosophy. Whichever one you choose, you will work closely with the faculty in pursuit of your goals.

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Individualized Attention

The Philosophy Department faculty members are dedicated to their teaching and to undergraduate students. They are enthusiastic about advising students and helping them progress through their studies and program.

Outside of class, the faculty engage students in lively discussions about philosophical issues, and they involve them in their research projects. Students are encouraged to explore their own interests, and to follow connections to other disciplines such as literature, art, psychology, anthropology, computer science, history, among others.

Philosophy Club

The Philosophy Department sponsors the student-run Philosophy Club that meets regularly throughout the academic year to discuss philosophical issues related to current events and popular culture. The Club occasionally sponsors guest speakers from SUNY Plattsburgh and the surrounding area.

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Contact Information

For more information about the philosophy program at SUNY Plattsburgh please contact

Beth Dixon, Chair
Office: Champlain Valley Hall 306
Phone: (518) 564-2836
Email: beth.dixon@plattsburgh.edu