Majors & Minors
The Philosophy faculty members have a variety of specialties in philosophy and represent diverse philosophical perspectives.
Philosophical issues addressed in undergraduate courses include both traditional topics from areas such as epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, political philosophy, and the philosophy of science, and also the most recent contemporary concerns. The techniques brought to bear on these issues are analytical, formal, and historical.
The undergraduate program stresses Western philosophy, ancient and modern, and gives particular emphasis to recent and contemporary Anglo-American philosophy. The department's course offerings provide excellent foundations for graduate work in law and cognitive science, as well as in philosophy itself.
Philosophy is relevant to every program and major in the University. The basic problems it addresses are of perennial significance. Below are listed groups of courses that might be of particular relevance to students majoring in other disciplines:
- PHL 102, 103, 105, 201, 202, 247, 252
- Biology, Chemistry, Geology, Microbiology, Physics and Astronomy
- PHL 110, 152, 252
- Computer Science, Mathematics
- PHL 110, 210-219, 252
- PHL 102, 105, 110, 220, 223, 252
- English, Art and Art History, Modern Languages and Cultures
- PHL 115, 141, 171, 201, 202, 247
- PHL 201-202, 260-269
- Naval Science
- PHL 102, 110, 223, 252, 308
- Political Science
- PHL 102, 103, 110, 220-229, 252, 308
- Psychology and Cognitive Science
- PHL 241-249, 348
- PHL 101-103, 111, 201, 202, 242, 268
Skills and Interests Congenial to the Study of Philosophy
Good writing skills, analytical thinking, and interests in morality, law, politics, religion, science, history, or mathematics are useful in the study of philosophy.
One Philosophy Colloquium a semester is coordinated with an advance undergraduate class. There are also several other departmental colloquia a semester. Colloquia begin at 3:30 on Friday afternoons and consist of a philosophy talk, usually given by a distinguished philosopher from outside the university, a question period, and a reception. All students are invited. The Undergraduate Philosophy Council meets regularly for informed discussion and refreshments. All philosophy concentrators and interested persons are encouraged to attend.
The Undergraduate Bulletin
The Undergraduate Bulletin is available on the Web and contains more detailed information on requirements, available programs, faculty members, course offerings, etc.
- Undergraduate Advisor:
- William J. FitzPatrick
525 Lattimore Hall
Phone: (585) 275-8107
Department Office Contacts
- Department Chair:
- Deborah Modrak
532 Lattimore Hall
Phone: (585) 275-8111
- Administrative Assistant:
- Amy Bray
532 Lattimore Hall
Phone: (585) 275-4105
- Web Publisher:
- John Gates Bennett
524 Lattimore Hall
Phone: (585) 275-8145