Bachelor’s of Philosophy

What will I study?

The Philosophy program at Sacred Heart provides a place and the tools for you to reflect comprehensively and rigorously about many of the profound questions that we have asked and pursued as a human family over the centuries. Philosophy also provides the conceptual tools to understand our lived experiences and disclose dimensions of meaning hidden in our everyday lives.

Required Courses (30 credits)

  • PH 101 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PH 231 Philosophy of Knowledge or
    • PH 232 Philosophy of Science
  • PH 251 Ethics
  • PH 272 Metaphysics
  • PH 390 Great Texts in Philosophy
  • One course in the Social and Political Philosophy area: (PH 253, 255, 256, 260, 312)
  • 4 Philosophy Electives (In two electives, majors must complete a research paper)

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Why choose Philosophy at SHU?

Philosophy students are among the highest performing students on standardized tests such as the LSAT, GRE and GMAT because Philosophy enables you to think critically and logically. With Philosophy you gain tools to help you clarify and solve problems in any professional field and Philosophy helps you probe deeper questions about the human person, existence, God and the lived human experience. We encourage you to consider the opportunity our program offers you: to do the most challenging - and potentially the most rewarding - thinking you have done so far in your life.

Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, students in all majors are encouraged to complete an internship. If you are interested in pursuing an internship, you should contact the Career Development and Placement Center for assistance in finding appropriate opportunities. Any internship for credit must also be approved in advance by the academic department.

Are there special admission requirements?

No, we have an open admission policy. Incoming first-year students and transfer students may declare the Philosophy major when you apply for admission to Sacred Heart University.

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What are my career opportunities with a Philosophy degree?

Besides gaining many critical work skills, you could:

  • Go to law school
  • Earn a graduate degree in Philosophy
  • Attend Business school
  • Pursue a career in Administration/Management
  • Pursue a career in Government

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