Philosophers unravel big questions about the world and our place in it: What is the nature of reality? What is knowledge, and how is it acquired? What is the purpose of the law? What determines right and wrong conduct?
Our program helps students to better understand ethics, politics, knowledge, truth, religion and science. As a result, they develop a broader, richer knowledge of society. Because it centers on critical thought, this program is excellent preparation for many different careers — from law to business management and economics; from criminal justice to public administration and policy; from natural and applied sciences to the social sciences.
Philosophy also provides excellent training for a variety of graduate school paths in and outside of philosophy. Given the foundational nature of philosophy and the flexibility of our program, many of our majors elect to dual major in philosophy and in another academic discipline. Our philosophy majors may also pursue a pre-law emphasis.
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"The Seton Hall philosophy program challenged me to broaden my thinking and gave me a solid framework for analytical thought. My career as an immigration lawyer and managing partner of my own firm is directly attributable to my engagement with philosophy at Seton Hall."Cesar M. Estela, Esq. ’05/J.D. ’09
Philosophy majors complete the College of Arts and Science’s core requirements, along with 30 philosophy credits. Minors in philosophy and ethics and applied ethics complete the core and 18 philosophy credits. Our students examine logic and ethics and learn the history of ideas that have shaped our intellectual heritage.
We offer courses in the history of philosophy — Ancient Philosophy, Medieval, Modern and Contemporary Philosophy — as well as courses on specific topics — Philosophy of Law, Philosophy of Science and Business, Biomedical and Environmental Ethics. Students work closely with the department chair to select particular courses of study or to modify the program to meet their individual interests and objectives.
The Philosophy Department’s faculty has expertise in a wide range of areas, including ancient philosophy, political philosophy and philosophy of law, ethics, business ethics and philosophy of science. Philosophy faculty members are among the most active researchers in the University in terms of publications. Faculty scholarship includes high quality books, translations and many articles in top-tier academic journals. Covering everything from Aristotle to terrorism or the ethics of fighting in hockey, our faculty conduct research that links philosophical ideas and theories to all aspects of life and encourage students to look at our complex world in a more analytical and critical way.
As one of the country's leading Catholic universities, Seton Hall has been developing students in mind, heart and spirit since 1856. Home to nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Seton Hall is a place that nurtures compassionate leaders who are prepared to make a difference in the world.
Seton Hall offers all the advantages of a large research university - a national reputation; challenging academic programs; notable alumni; state-of-the-art facilities; renowned faculty; and extensive opportunities for internships, research and scholarship - with all the benefits of a small, supportive and nurturing environment.
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