The philosophy program offers students an intensive engagement with the history of philosophy, ancient and modern, Western and non-Western. Special attention is given to key 20th- and 21st-century developments in Anglo-American and Continental thought. Courses addressing the arts, gender and sexuality, and social and cultural change and conflict are also among the program’s core offerings. Students may pursue topics of special interest through tutorials and directed independent studies. Coursework in philosophy frequently includes small seminars and intensive writing, and special seminars for juniors and seniors help students develop their senior projects.
The philosophy major is ideal for students who:
Because of the art- and media-related nature of many programs at Purchase College, the philosophy program also offers courses for arts students and others who wish to investigate the foundation of the fine arts and related cultural media.