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.
General Education Requirements
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.
Traditional Undergraduate Program, and the Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program. Prospective students should apply to the program whose curriculum and services best meets their needs.
- The Traditional Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the 18-22 year old student. Most traditional undergraduates live in residence halls and are enrolled full-time. A full range of student life activities and student services are available to students in this program, including the Core Program in the Liberal Arts, the John Belk International Program and the Honors Program.
- The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies Undergraduate Program has degree requirements and services designed for the adult learner. Most Hayworth undergraduates are employed full-time and enrolled part-time. The Hayworth School also admits those persons wishing to take undergraduate courses as a non-degree candidate. The Hayworth School of Graduate & Continuing Studies realizes the demands that adult students face and assists with study plans, individual student advising and programs designed with flexibility to meet the specific needs of the adult learner. Classes meeting Hayworth degree requirements and several majors and minors are scheduled in the evenings for the convenience of students employed during the day.