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 Ercel Carter, '97, market president, Yadkin Valley Market, Wells Fargo, says:
"Philosophy and commercial banking aren't as dissimilar as they first may appear. In my career in banking, I still use the abilities I learned as a philosophy major: thorough, logical analysis and presenting findings in a clear, concise and convincing manner. 've had to learn about quantitative data to do my present job, but the study of philosophy helped me to problem-solve and to analyze and present complications scenarios in a way that allows another individual to arrive at similar conclusions given the data."
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, Rice University 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.
"I [began] graduate study in philosophy at Rice University, which has awarded me tuition remission and a generous stipend. I attribute this to the instruction and guidance given to me in the philosophy major at Queens, where I was helped in developing my skills in analysis and philosophical writing. The professors at Queens provided me not only with a substantial knowledge base in philosophy, but also with great examples of what it means to teach philosophy well, and that experience will serve me well in graduate school." - Kayla Rainey, '14, Graduate student at Rice University