Why Choose Nazareth for Philosophy?

The philosophy major at Nazareth College is not simply about asking life's big questions. It is rigorous and intensive training for the mind, requiring an unflinching spirit of inquiry and the highest order of intellectual discipline.

Our program focuses on the history of philosophy ranging from the Ancient Greeks to the 21st century feminists. Students will read a variety of authors and their works—from Plato to Emerson, Aquinas to Heidegger, and Kant to Nietzsche. The philosophy degree program is unique in that students have the opportunity to study abroad—Nazareth offers a wide variety of international study abroad programs in Germany, Hungary, and elsewhere.

Some of our students go on to pursue graduate studies and careers in academia, either in philosophy or a related field. Philosophy also provides the skills and breadth of knowledge required for a wide range of professions.

Program Highlights

  • A close-knit community of scholars devoted to the debate and study of philosophical issues.
  • Emphasis on critical reading, writing, and thinking, and on cultivating the skills needed to make reasoned arguments.
  • Opportunities for independent research and study abroad.
  • Upper-level seminar-style classes with training in the philosophical method.
  • A wide variety of courses that explore philosophy's relationship to virtually all aspects of society.

Typical Class Schedule

Freshman
Sophomore
Junior
Senior

Contact Information

Scott M. Campbell

Scott M. Campbell

Professor & Chair
585-389-2719
scampbe8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 497

Student Spotlight

    Liam Connolly, philosophy major, philosophy degree program, Nazareth College of Rochester, NY

    Alumni Spotlight: Liam Connolly '12

    Fulbright Award recipient

    Liam taught English in South Korea and used his experience on the Nazareth soccer team to work in community outreach involving athletics. He plans to attend graduate school in the field of international relations.

    Example Careers/Outcomes

    • Law
    • Business
    • Education
    • Public/government service
    • Religious studies
    • Technical writing

    Internships/Field Experiences

    • 7.4% of Nazareth students study abroad during their time at the College (relative to 4.7 percent of students nationally).
    • Nazareth students traveled to 24 countries in the 2010-2011 academic year, from Australia to Tanzania.

    Graduate Schools/Employers

    • Syracuse University
    • Duquesne University
    • SUNY Geneseo
    • Nome Community Center, Nome, AK