SUNY Buffalo State's Philosophy and Humanities Department houses a major and minor in philosophy, as well as minors in ethics and religious studies. For students who have demonstrated high standards of achievement and the ability to work independently, there is also a philosophy honors program.
Computers are substituting for humans in performing "routine" work tasks that require the rote following of rules or directions.
At the same time, workers are increasingly being required to perform more complex thinking tasks that computers still cannot perform, such as those that involve complex interaction with other humans (whether collaborating, persuading, or selling), or that require solving unexpected problems.
Strong math (logic), reading, and writing skills—"the three R's"—are essential, too, since they form the foundation for complex communication and expert thinking.
Research shows that students who develop a broad set of in-demand competencies—the ability to think critically about information, solve novel problems, communicate and collaborate, create new products and processes, and adapt to change, will be at a great advantage in work and life.
—Defining a Twenty-first Century Education, The Center for Public Education
Philosophy, perhaps better than any discipline, prepares students to work effectively and live meaningfully in the twenty-first century. Philosophy prepares workers by helping to develop the skills and competencies that are in demand in the twenty-first century workplace. More importantly, philosophy prepares the human being for living in any century, asking him or her to reflect carefully on questions concerning meaning, truth, and value.
The religious studies minor allows students to explore the many religions of the world, such as Buddhism, Judaism, and Catholicism, from the different academic perspectives of literature, anthropology, and philosophy. By exploring a variety of religions, students come to a deeper understanding their own religious beliefs and values.
Our students acquire a well-rounded, liberal arts education with an emphasis on careful and critical thinking.
Stop by to the department office, Bishop Hall 231, Monday through Friday, to pick up an application for the philosophy major or ethics, philosophy, or religious studies minors.
While all faculty in the department are happy to provide philosophy majors with advice on their academic goals, the primary adviser for philosophy majors is Dr. Kimberly Blessing. Philosophy majors should also consult this advisement information sheet. New philosophy majors should complete this plan of study.
Buffalo State's philosophy major offers excellent preparation for law school and other graduate programs in the arts and sciences, including philosophy, English, psychology, political science, and education. Non-academically minded graduates with strong analytical and communication skills have also found rewarding careers in business, computer science, education, and management.
Students who complete the religious studies minor are well prepared to pursue careers within their own religious traditions as well as advanced degrees in divinity, theology, or religious studies. Religious studies minors are encouraged to intern at the congregation, parish, mosque, or synagogue of their choice under the direction of a faculty mentor.