Philosophy at Elizabethtown College
Courses in the Department of Philosophy are designed to explore fundamental issues of knowledge, value and meaning. Our program promotes critical inquiry into basic questions in epistemology, ethics, science, religion, aesthetics and metaphysics. We are dedicated to an interdisciplinary approach to philosophical questions ranging from the relationship of science to society, the philosophical implications of art and film, the human-nature relationship, justice and law, ancient philosophy, comparative philosophy, and philosophical issues underlying sustainability. These questions are as crucial and controversial today as they were for ancient philosophers.
Why Study Philosophy at E-town?
The Philosophy Program at E-town works well as a stand-alone major, double major, or paired with another major as a minor. When you study philosophy, you'll examine alternative worldviews and develop your awareness of intellectual history as it relates to today’s societal problems. We encourage students to apply the study of philosophy to understand and explore issues within their own personal lives and professional careers.
Six Reasons to Major, Minor, or just take Core Courses in Philosophy
- Philosophy is about the meaning of life and making life more meaningful.
- Philosophy is at the heart of a liberal arts education because you will vastly improve you critical thinking skills, your oral and written communication skills, and you will learn about the history and clash of the big ideas that brought us to where we are today.
- Philosophy imparts the kinds of skills that empowers what all sorts of employers are looking for.
- Philosophy undergraduate degrees increase your employability and salary.
- Unemployment for philosophy majors is relatively low (~7%) and median starting salary is $40K.
- Mid-career median salary (15 years in) is $82K, greater than mid-career salary for political science, chemistry, marketing, accounting, English, psychology, nursing and biology.
- Philosophy majors typically have the highest LSAT scores on average.
- Philosophy majors have the highest mean verbal score of all majors, the second highest mean analytics score of all majors, and the highest mean quantitative score of all humanities and social science majors on the GRE.
- Philosophy majors nationally have a higher mean GMAT score than business majors (accounting, finances, management, etc.).
- Philosophy majors also perform well on the MCAT. In fact many medical schools look favorably on a major in the humanities as long as the requisite science courses are also taken. Philosophy majors actually have a significantly higher medical school acceptance rate than biology or chemistry majors.
Philosophy as a Major
Students who major in philosophy at E-town follow one of three possible tracks: Philosophy of Science, Professional Ethics, or Humanities. Each concentration combines six Department-based courses, three courses from outside the Department, and an interdisciplinary senior thesis:
- Philosophy of Science: In addition to foundational courses in philosophy, you’ll take a series of courses in computer science, math, biology, chemistry or physics to broaden your understanding of the physical world around you.
- Professional Ethics: The core focus of this track is applying ethics in your personal and professional life, and is designed to help you better comprehend human interaction. In addition to core philosophy courses, you’ll take a series of classes in business, communication or education.
- Humanities: This concentration is designed for students with a broad interest in the humanities. You’ll take a series of courses in modern languages, history, English, art or religious studies in addition to the core philosophy classes.
Philosophy as a Minor
Take on a minor in Philosophy and begin to better understand the world around you! From argument critique and learning how worldviews are constructed, to learning to articulate what makes life meaningful to you and building your critical thinking skills, a minor in philosophy compliments every discipline of study! You’ll lay groundwork for a general study of philosophy, build critical personal and professional skill sets, and take a wide span of classes in ethics, western philosophy and logic.
Minor in Film Studies
A minor in film studies is grounded in critical thinking. It looks at the media we consume every day in an analytical way. The minor not only looks at film as an art form—studying both the cinematography and screenwriting—it also examines media works as cultural artifacts and their implications on society. You will learn about the history of cinema, formal methods in all facets of film making and criticism, and critical analysis of film. You will also learn how to actively watch and interpret films of all varieties, from different time periods, and from all around the world
Employability for Philosophy Studies
Philosophy as a major, minor, or core courses translates to a strong foundation for all disciplines. To read more of the success of philosophy graduate and employability, see: The Subject Centre for Philosophical and Religious Studies 2004 Publication, “A Brief Guide to Employability in Philosophy, Theology and Religious Studies”Still have questions about what you can do with a philosophy degree? Get answers during a visit to our campus to meet faculty, tour our campus, and experience life as a Blue Jay for a day! Our philosophy faculty welcome inquiries!