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 21st Century Education,” The Center for Public Education).
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 by encouraging us to examine our lives, and reflect carefully on questions concerning meaning, truth, and value.
Buffalo State's philosophy major or second major complements various fields of study; e.g., computer science, education, English, history, mathematics, psychology, political science, etc. Philosophy majors out-perform many other disciplines on graduate entry exams such as the GRE, MCAT, and LSAT. Our program offers students excellent preparation for law school and other graduate programs in the arts and sciences.
Generally, the study of philosophy offers a strong foundation for liberal education. Our curriculum focuses on classic texts of the western canon, emphasizing logic, critical thinking, and practical ethics. We are a small, selective program that offers students personalized attention and expert advising that truly works for students.
Our faculty members are talented, dedicated teaching faculty each with active research programs. Buffalo State’s philosophy faculty members are committed to the life of the mind. We are dedicated to creating a caring and supportive community in which our students can learn and grow. We are expert scholars, talented and caring teachers, and highly respected members of the campus community.
We offer academically rich and rigorous courses, as well as offering a multitude of enjoyable extra-curricular activities that strengthen our scholarly community (e.g., faculty and student colloquia, public lectures, field trips and travel to conferences, WIP: Women in Philosophy, Ethics Bowl, book clubs, and more). Finally, we are deeply committed to encouraging and supporting women and minorities who decide to find an intellectual home in our department.
We offer various scholarship opportunities and are the only B.A. Honors Program in School of Arts and Humanities.
The philosophy and ethics minors helps prepare students to be more thoughtful and reflective; think analytically, critically, and logically; analyze beliefs and values, especially on controversial issues; examine and develop their own lives and values. Students of philosophy read with a deeper understanding of issues and reasoning; write and speak with greater clarity and effectiveness; and reason or argue with greater ease and authority. We urge students to consult with faculty about the best choices to complement a given major.
The religious studies program equips students with skills that help them to be competitive in their academic, professional and social lives. The courses in our religious studies minor have three objectives:
Our students always find the religious studies program both valuable and essential. Students across various disciplines have stated the following reasons for choosing to enroll in our program.
Our students complete the Religious Studies Program by taking a total of six courses (18 credits). You can view a list of course options at http://philosophy.buffalostate.edu/religious-studies-minor
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. Jason Grinnell. 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.