The major in philosophy focuses on developing rigorously critical and creative thinking across a wide range of issues, from the purely theoretical to the specific and practical from such questions as the nature of objectivity to whether meat-eating is morally permissible.
It emphasizes problem-solving, methods for resolving conflicting positions, and cultivation of the moral imagination and expansion of human sympathies. It also advances understanding and appreciation of relationships between the various disciplines and fields of study. It accomplishes these goals by means of a combination of historical, analytical, and synthesizing studies. This kind of philosophical work prepares students for a variety of positions that call for clear, rigorous, creative, and humane analysis and judgment.
Fifteen courses (42-45 semester hours) are needed to complete the major. Six required
courses constitute 21 semester hours; students will also take at least five philosophy
electives (12-15 semester hours) and three additional electives from supporting fields,
chosen in consultation with their advisor (9 semester hours). At least six courses
(18 semester hours) must be taken at the 300-level or above.
Internships and Study Abroad Opportunities
A variety of internships allow philosophy students to get career experience during their time as students as they begin to apply the lessons learned in logic, ethics, rhetoric, and more to a professional framework. Here are a few internships held by philosophy students in recent years:
- NY State Division of Human Rights, Syracuse, N.Y.
- Law Offices of Glenn R. Marshall & Associates, New York, N.Y.
- Cornell University - Philosophy Dept., Ithaca, N.Y.
- Empire State Pride Agenda, Albany, N.Y.
- New York State Office of Court Administration, New York, N.Y.
Explore your understanding of philosophy and learn to apply it with your classmates by becoming involved in campus activities. Below are just a few clubs that might match your interests:
- Collegiate (student government)
- Community Service and Activism Board
- Student Committee on Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence
- Model United Nations
- Satisfied Mind Club
Wells' philosophy faculty lead discussion-based courses, delving into philosophical texts and exploring the application of ethics and morality, rhetoric and critical thinking, logic and empathy, and more in group exercises and class presentations.