The word “philosophy” derives from the Greek meaning “love of wisdom.” While philosophy is an integral discipline unto itself, it is also an intellectual disposition that permeates all of academic study and has been at the heart of Jesuit and Catholic education since its inception.
Why Philosophy is in Demand
Truth, meaning and wisdom are among the things that make life worth living. Philosophy has a wide-range of applications across a variety of careers because it:
- Cultivates a critical mind, sharpening your ability to identify the assumptions and implications of all sorts of beliefs and arguments.
- Establishes habits of reflection that are beneficial in any field of endeavor.
- Teaches you to think things through and brings depth and coherence to your whole worldview
- Complements one’s faith development by exploring foundational questions regarding oneself, the world and God.
- Connects you to fellow human beings from other cultures and times by studying their answers to some of life’s biggest questions.
Is it for me?
Are you a person who:
- Enjoys reflecting upon questions concerning human nature?
- Wonders how faith and reason relate to each other?
- Wants to think carefully about freedom and responsibilities, about good and evil?
- Wants to thoughtfully examine some of our most important and basic concepts like justice, beauty, and truth?
Five Reasons to Choose Scranton for Philosophy
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Where will Philosophy take me?
A number of recent Scranton graduates have gone on to successful careers in education, psychology, politics, religion, medicine and journalism. Philosophy is also considered an outstanding foundation for those students interested in attending law school, or for those entering careers in public service.
Top Graduate Schools
Undergraduate philosophy majors at The University of Scranton receive exceptional preparation for advanced study in philosophy in large measure because of the strength of the Philosophy Program in all periods of the history of philosophy. Scranton students have been admitted to M.A. to Ph.D. programs in philosophy at such schools as:
- Kent State
- Duquesne University
- State University of New York at Binghamton
- Belgium’s Catholic University of Louvain
- Boston College
- St. Louis University
- Temple University - Pharmacy
- The University of Pennsylvania - Master's of Medical Physics Program
Many of our students have gone on to successful careers in academia and elsewhere. Here are a few examples:
Steven Barbone (Class of 1982) is an associate professor of philosophy at San Diego State University.
Alexander Bertland (Class of 1989) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at Niagara University and Department Chair.
Deborah Campbell (Class of 1986) is an Associate Professor and Chair of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Christopher Newport University.
Christina M. Drogalis (Class of 2008) is a member of the philosophy faculty at Santa Clara University.
Timothy J. McGrew (Class of 1992) is a Professor of Philosophy at Western Michigan University and Department Chair.
Matthew Pierlott (Class of 2006) is an Associate Professor of Philosophy at West Chester University.
How Scranton Gives You a Competitive Edge
One of the many things students tell us they love about Scranton is that our faculty are very active in helping them achieve their career goals. As you walk across campus, you'll often see students chatting with faculty over coffee to bounce ideas.
Whether it's advising or providing letters of references for a competitive graduate school or that dream job, faculty make it their priority to get to know each student on an individual level. That deep level of understanding means that our faculty are not only dedicated teachers and strong researchers but advocates for you professionally.