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The Department of Philosophy offers a major program that serves two different goals:
  • For students who desire to achieve a general liberal arts education and who do not plan to do graduate work in philosophy, courses are selected to enable the student to become a cultured, liberally-educated person.
  • For students who plan to do graduate work in philosophy, the department has designated a faculty adviser for preprofessional philosophy. This adviser carefully selects a series of courses and seminars in order to give the students a firm grounding in the discipline and prepare them for acceptance into graduate school.

The Value of Philosophy

Philosophy addresses one's life as well as one’s career.

The aim of philosophy courses is to help the undergraduate student examine the ultimate nature of people, the universe, God, the basic principles of moral evaluation as they apply to personal questions and social and political policies.

Since these concepts underlie most human endeavors, the study of philosophy, together with the practice of its methods of analysis and argumentation, prepares students to responsibly address basic problems later encountered, whether personal, social, or professional.

Nationally, philosophy majors rank second of all (nearly 100 tested) majors in verbal and analytical aptitudes.

Philosophy assists the student in reasoning well and writing effectively. Consequently, a philosophy major serves as an excellent preparation for the professions, including law, business, and government service as well as for graduate study and the teaching of philosophy.

Philosophy Prelaw

The department offers a philosophy prelaw program for those students interested in philosophy or a general arts education, and in pursuing a legal career. It is generally acknowledged that a concentration in philosophy and the other arts provides an appropriate basis for the study of law. Students in the prelaw program complete the requirements of philosophy track Law and Politics, which are presented on our Curriculum & Courses page.

Learn more about the prelaw track by contacting Dr. Steve Nuttal, associate professor of philosophy, by email or by phone at (716) 375-2260..

Faculty Research & Honors

    Mar 28, 2019

    Dr. Michael Chiariello
    Professor Emeritus, Department of Philosophy 
    Dr. Michael Chiariello gave a presentation titled "Franciscan Philosophy and Postmodern Culture" on February 6 at Licio Statale Assunta Pieralli in Perugia, Italy.

    Chiarello will also be giving the following presentations: 
    "Bob Dylan, George Orwell, and Richard Rorty on Truth and Freedom" at the Association for Core Texts and Courses in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from April 11 to 14. 
    "Bob Dylan’s Gentle Agnosticism: 'Every Grain of Sand' and the Defense of Objective Truth" at The World of Bob Dylan Conference, University of Tulsa Institute for Bob Dylan Studies in Tulsa, Oklahoma, from May 30 to June 2.
    "Paul Sabatier's Vie de San Francois and the Catholic Church" at Palazzo Sorbello in Perugia, Italy, on June 13. 
    "Paul Sabatier, a 'Strange Pilgrim' in Umbria" at Canadian Association for Italian Studies in Orvieto, Italy, on June 15.

A Great Choice

100% of our philosophy grads from 2011 to 2014 said they would choose the same major if they had to do it again.