philosophy program

Internships and Careers…

Philosophy majors gain valuable professional experience through a required internship.

Clubs and Organizations…

The Philosophy Club, Word Order, the club for English majors, and the student magazine, newspaper and radio station.

Philosophy Faculty…

Philosophy majors learn from experienced, expert faculty members.

B.A. in Philosophy

The Philosophy Program provides in-depth learning about the aims, methods and texts of philosophy. Philosophical study fosters openness of mind, development of reasoned opinions, and critical and creative thinking and writing skills. It leads to deeper understanding of intellectual history and engagement with the meaning and value of human life.

Students ask questions such as: What is right and wrong? What is real? Does God exist? Are we free? What is art? How do gender, race and class affect us? How should we organize government? What is law?

Philosophy majors gain excellent preparation for graduate school and professional careers. Philosophy majors have the highest rates of acceptance into law school (82%) and medical school (50%) of any majors.*

*Source: U.S. Department of Education & American Medical Student Association

Minor in Philosophy

The minor in Philosophy gives students a chance to add the depth and range of philosophical thought to their major concentration in another discipline. The minor can be combined with any baccalaureate degree.

Philosophy Internship

When it comes to internships that are relevant to philosophical study, the possibilities are almost limitless. In 2014, philosophy students completed internships at Communities United Regional Network (health promotion agency), Agrochem Consultancy (agricultural consulting firm), and {C} magazine (online technology and gaming publication).

Capstone Project

Every senior Philosophy major completes a Capstone project, a thesis which is the culmination of his or her work in philosophy and allows the demonstration of a deep understanding of a body of knowledge and perspectives informed by that knowledge. Visit My Capstone Experience to find out more about student capstones.

Philosophy majors design, create and present their Capstone projects to the college community and area residents during the Susan Colby Colgate Scholars Symposium each spring.

Program Outcomes

The Philosophy faculty work to achieve these program outcomes:

  • Students will understand a set of major philosophical figures, arguments, and ideas from various historical periods and disciplinary areas

  • Students will learn to think logically, critically and creatively about a range of philosophical problems and questions

  • Students will learn to make written arguments in which they engage in a close analysis of texts

  • Students will participate in philosophical discussions in which different claims are presented and compared

  • Students will broaden their horizons and deepen their self-knowledge through a dialogical engagement with texts, faculty and other students.

Additional Curricula Opportunities…

Students who go on to further studies in law, medicine, veterinary practice and physical therapy can combine any Colby-Sawyer major with a course of study that will prepare them for the next academic step.