Studying philosophy has intrinsic and practical benefits. Literally meaning "love of wisdom," philosophy is the inquiry into fundamental questions like: What is the good life? What is real? How can humans know? How do humans create and discover meaning in life?
When you become a student of philosophy you will significantly enhance your critical thinking, analytical and communication skills. Our curriculum offers both breadth and depth by combining a historical approach with an exploration of specific topics, issues, and thinkers. You will find philosophy to be a valuable major, or minor paired with another major like business or psychology.
Study abroad is popular at Queens. We offer courses connected to short-term trips that you will take with your professor and classmates. For instance, philosophy and religion majors can choose to study Chinese philosophies and religions in a classroom setting and then in mainland China as they visit Confucian temples and hike Buddhist and Taoist sacred mountains.
Perks of Being a Philosophy Major
- Caring, Committed Professors
Our learning environment features small class sizes, an award-winning faculty, a low student-faculty ratio and a caring, close-knit community for support.
- Learn from Scholars
The philosophy department is closely linked to Queens' Center for Ethics and Religion, giving philosophy majors unique opportunities to meet and learn from internationally known scholars like Dr. Holmes Rolston, the Rev. Dr. John Polkinghorne and author and journalist Krista Tippett.
- Did you know?
Philosophy majors across the country have the highest average scores on the LSAT, the entrance exam for law school.
You will have a variety of internship options. Some of our philosophy majors have chosen:
- Mint Museum
- Cities in Schools
- Charlotte law firms
- Hands On Atlanta
- Habitat for Humanity
- Muscular Dystrophy Association
Philosophy major Amanda Stefanski '02 is earning her Ph.D. in Teacher Education at the University of Maryland. She says, "Queens not only encourages students to be involved in a variety of activities, but also supports and facilitates that involvement. It has been crucial to my adult life. People often comment on the number of things I am able to do."
When You Graduate
Our graduates have had success in gaining acceptance into law school at University of North Carolina, University of Virginia and Wake Forest University, and graduate schools including the University of Texas and University of South Carolina. Our philosophy majors have been successful in a variety of careers. They have become lawyers, editors, bankers, civic advocates and teachers. Some have also gone on to serve in the Peace Corps.