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College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Philosophy

The Department of Philosophy offers a program leading to the degree of Bachelor of Arts. The program provides the opportunity for examining major philosophers and areas from ancient times to the present. Students are able to learn about the field, and receive strong training in analytical and writing skills. The flexible structure of the program also enables each student to focus on his or her particular area of interest. In addition to courses available in the history of Ancient and Modern Philosophy, there are courses in Ethics, Logic, Philosophy of Religion, Political Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge, Contemporary Philosophy, and Metaphysics. Students have the option of taking the Philosophy major, the minor in Ethics and Applied Ethics, or the Pre-Law Emphasis for those interested in law school.

Because of its focus on critical thought the program provides excellent preparation for various types of professions. Students have gone on to further study or careers in such areas as philosophy, education, law, business, medicine, and college administration. To this end the Philosophy major can be taken alone or combined with a second major. In addition, students who qualify may join the International Philosophy Honors Society, Phi Sigma Tau.


Our faculty conduct internationally recognized research and innovative, technologically-enhanced instruction. Grounded in practical experience but exploring the frontiers of their disciplines, they are models of academic excellence. View all Department faculty »

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Travis Timmerman
Chair and Associate Professor
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Yvonne Unna
Yvonne Unna
Associate Professor
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Philosophy Essay Competition

The Department of Philosophy invites Seton Hall undergraduate students from all majors to participate in our annual Philosophy Essay Competition. The best essay that addresses some area of philosophical concern will be awarded a cash prize. Submissions are due towards the end of each spring semester and announcements are posted as the deadline nears. Please contact the Department Chair for more information.

Philosophy Alums

Philosophy majors, dual majors and minors go on to exceptional careers in law, academia, business, medicine and other fields. Why study philosophy? Listen to what they say. View all alumni profiles and testimonials.

Gregory L. Demers '07

Gregory Demers '07
B.A. Philosophy
J.D. Cornell Law

Joseph Montesano

Joseph Montesano '19
B.A. Philosophy/B.S. Biology
Harvard Dental School

Christina Stanhope

Christina Stanhope '17
B.A. Philosophy, B.S. Psychology
Ph.D. student, Duke Medical School