College of Arts and Sciences

The Faculty of Arts and Letters

428 Normal Street


About the Program

The ESU Philosophy major provides students with critical thinking skills, exposes them to historical and contemporary world views, and helps them develop personal answers to questions about ethics, knowledge, reality, and religion. The department has special strengths in European Continental Philosophy, British and American Analytical Philosophy (especially Philosophy of Science), Political Theory, Asian Thought, and Comparative Philosophy.

Why Study Philosophy at ESU

The Philosophy major provides students with critical thinking skills, oral and written communication skills, and ethical leadership skills. Many graduates of the ESU Philosophy major have gone on to law school or graduate school, while others have pursued careers in business.

Are you interested in ...

  • Analytical thinking and logic
  • Ethical issues
  • Life, the universe and everything

Choose Philosophy at ESU

  • Historically-based courses
  • Issue-based courses
  • Solid grounding in principles of sound thinking

Is Philosophy a career path for me?

Career Potential

  • Philosophical research
  • University teaching
  • Law
  • Business
  • Politics

Career Settings

  • Non-profit groups
  • Government
  • Education
  • Corporations

More detailed career information is available from the department.

Student Organization

Philosophy Club

The ESU Philosophy Club meets regularly to discuss issues of philosophical interest. Meetings sometimes feature a speaker, and sometimes are just an opportunity to discuss philosophy outside the classroom environment.