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Philosophy

About Our Program

Today’s biggest questions are complicated and intertwined, and our program empowers you to tackle them with multiple perspectives and approaches. You’ll become a better producer and consumer of ideas, and your ability to harness diverse viewpoints will serve as a guide as you consider everything from environmental philosophy to the role of truth in contemporary political debate, to ethics in the medical field. 

You’ll develop close relationships with professors who will invest in your academic pursuits as you branch out and discover the questions that fuel your curiosity. Your ability to conduct thoughtful research and construct thorough arguments will give you a leg up after graduationwhether you’re considering graduate school, law school, or entering the job market.

Program Offerings

  • Major
  • Minor

Department

Learning Experiences to Prepare for Your Career

As a philosophy major, you’ll use multiple tools and lenses to consider the world around you. When you venture forth after graduation, you’ll continue challenging conventions and posing better solutions to the complex problems facing businesses, communities, organizations, and governments today.

University Fellowship Program

Spend your summer on campus further investigating the questions that captivate you in class. You’ll receive funding to live on campus while you work closely with a faculty member on a topic that inspires and challenges you. Past summer fellows have looked at the ethics of climate change, considered the morality of genetic engineering, and compared public and alternative schooling models. 

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Senior Honors Thesis

You can also dedicate your senior year to a faculty-mentored senior honors thesisa culmination of the close relationships you’ve built and the research passions you’ve discovered.

  • What does it mean to live a good life?
  • Are we free? 
  • What is the self? 
  • What is the nature of reality?
  • How are individual and community related? 
  • What is justice, and can we create a truly just society?
  • How should humans interact with the natural world?
  • What is knowledge? 
  • What can be known and what is just a matter of opinion?

Apply your learnings in the classroom to the fabric of the St. Lawrence community to enrich your understanding of both. In a course like Biomedical Ethics, you’ll gain insight into specific health needs of the North Country while considering ethical dilemmas affecting modern medicine at large.

Our breadth of approaches to philosophy, paired with your high-caliber research experience, will ensure you’re well prepared should you choose to apply to graduate school. Our majors have gone on to study at a number of well-regarded institutions, including: 

  • Brown University
  • Boston College Law School
  • University at Buffalo 
  • University of Wisconsin Law School 
  • University of Maryland
  • Syracuse University College of Law
  • Northeastern University

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Study Abroad

Choose from more than 30 semester-long programs offered in more than 20 international locations, including Australia, Vienna, Denmark, Sweden and Thailand.

Explore Our Programs

Among the 150+ clubs and organizations at St. Lawrence, you’ll find many that involve the outdoors, wildlife and environmental advocacy, including: 

  • Philosophy Club
  • The Hill News
  • The Laurentian Magazine
  • Men in Color 
  • Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society
  • Environmental Action Organization 
  • The Finer Things Cheese and Turophile Society
  • The L.I.G.H.T. House
  • Divestment Club
  • SLU Legal
  • The Underground

Why St. Lawrence for Philosophy

98%

of St. Lawrence philosophy majors are employed or enrolled in graduate school within a year of graduation.

Prepare for Law School

Hone your analytical thinking skills. Learn to construct stronger arguments. If you're interested in law school, your philosophy degree (plus personalized advising from faculty mentors) will set you up for success. 

Recent Graduates Employed by:

  • Fulbright Program
  • Condé Nast
  • Charles Koch Foundation
  • Teach for America
  • The New York State Assembly
  • American International School, Salzburg
  • Tax Foundation 
  • The New York Times

Diverse Perspectives in Coursework

  • Africana Philosophy
  • Philosophy of the Environment
  • Asian Philosophy
  • Political Theories of Violence and Nonviolence
  • Feminist Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Peace

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Environmental Studies Combined Major

Passionate about environmental issues? Dig deeper into questions about climate change, sustainability, preservation, and more when you combine your philosophy major with environmental studies.

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Program Requirements & Courses

Explore philosophy major requirements, as well as electives and combined study options.

Complimentary and Related Programs

Philosophy makes an excellent double major, and students often pair it with the following programs.

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Supportive Faculty

When you major in philosophy, you’ll immediately gain a close-knit support system of faculty who prioritize meeting you wherever you are on your academic and personal journey.

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A Multifaceted Major

Philosophy makes an excellent double major, because it helps you ask better questions about just about any other discipline. Harness your philosophy coursework to investigate ethics in health care for your biology major, or ask questions about media bias to enrich your performance and communication arts studies.

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A Course for Every Interest

Our faculty are experts in a range of topics and approaches within the study of philosophy, which means if you’re curious to explore a specific field—be it language, chemistry, modern art, or political science—you’ll find a mentor who shares and encourages your passions.

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We’re excited to learn more about you, tell you more about our interdisciplinary academic programs, show you around our beautiful campus, and help you navigate your college search.

Apply to St. Lawrence

We’re looking for curious students who are eager to make a difference. We take a holistic approach to reviewing applications and consider all aspects of your application and what we learn about you.