• Recent graduates of the program have gone on to post-secondary study at the University of Notre DameLaw School, the Pontifical North American College in Rome, St. Mary's University in Baltimore and West Chester University
    • Gannon's philosophy faculty is affiliated with the American Philosophical Association, International Berkeley Society, American Maritain Association and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
    • Students at Gannon may also choose to minor in philosophy to complement their major field of study. Through Gannon's graduate programs, philosophy majors can further their education in a number of disciplines including business administration (MBA) and pastoral studies.
    • A recent philosophy major studied at St. Edmund's College at the University of Oxford in England. Reflecting on his experience, he said, "My experience in the philosophy program at Gannon University has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to study abroad with some of the greatest minds and scholars at Oxford University."

    You Will Learn

    Philosophy is the love and pursuit of wisdom. An essential part of a person's education should be the serious and personal exploration of the ultimate questions-about God and human destiny, about how we should live our lives, and about the nature of the world around us. As Socrates said, "the unexamined life is not worth living."

    Human beings cannot be satisfied with merely knowing the "what" of things happening around them; they want to understand the "why" of the human condition. Philosophy students not only experience major philosophers at work on these important human issues, but they also participate in this activity by developing their own skills for creative thinking, rational argument and responsible judgment.

    You Will Experience

    Students majoring in philosophy have the opportunityto develop skills and increase career awareness through internships and co-ops offered by the Center for Experiential Education. Students experience internships in areas such as:

    • charities
    • management science
    • non-profit organizations
    • political science
    • politics
    • public service

    You Will Achieve

    Many philosophy program graduates go on to postgraduate study in the field in pursuit of academic careers as philosophy teachers and researchers, but a degree in philosophy is alsoa springboard to successful careers in a wide array of fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • counseling
    • government and politics • journalism
    • law
    • religious ministry

    You will Study

    Students in the philosophy program receive a thorough grounding in the history of philosophy through courses consisting of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary philosophy. Philosophy majors take various core and elective courses including:

    PHIL 210:Logic

    This course introduces students to the theory and practice of good reasoning. Students learn practical techniques for constructing and evaluating arguments, based on both traditional Aristotelian logic and modern formal logic.

    PHIL 238:Business Ethics

    Business dealings are subject to the same norms and criteria which govern other human activities. This course analyzes the ethical dimensions of business transactions and consumerism, addressing itself to such problems as profits, advertising, free enterprise, discrimination, trade secrets, unions and bribery.

    PHIL 350:Introduction to Metaphysics

    This course explores topics such as the nature of metaphysics as the study of being, which is examined in the philosophy of Aristotle and Thomas Aquinas. The study of essence and existence, potency and act, substance and accident, matter and form, is developed systematically throughout this course.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the industry vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $39,700
    • Mid-career salary: $78,300

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