Philosophy students in class discussion.
College of Arts & Sciences


The Philosophy major teaches valuable skills including reading, writing, analyzing, and thinking. It contributes to personal growth and a deeper understanding of ourselves, the world we live in, and other people. You will explore such topics as the relations between mind and body, free will, the difference between knowing and believing, justice, human rights, and Eastern and Western religions. You will gain the intellectual skills needed to apply philosophical theories to real world problems—at home, at work, in your community, and in society. Such a liberal arts education doesn't just train you for a job; it gives you the tools to make a living and to make an intellectually rewarding life.

Why Choose Philosophy?

The Philosophy major will prepare you for a wide variety of careers through valuable knowledge and skills for a rapidly changing job market. The study of philosophy will improve your capacity to think critically and creatively, to appreciate complexity, to feel comfortable with diversity and disagreement, to work cooperatively and collaboratively with others, to communicate effectively both in writing and orally, to read with understanding complicated and complex material, and to solve problems.

What Will You Learn?

Studying philosophy promotes intellectual and psychological growth, yet it also develops capabilities prized by most employers and needed by our increasingly global society. In the Philosophy major, you will explore Western and non-Western thought in such courses as Asian Thought, Ethics Across the Continents, Gandhi and King, Philosophy and the Environment, Philosophy and Climate Change, Philosophy of Religion, Contemporary Moral Issues, Business Ethics, Ancient Philosophy, and Social and Political Philosophy.

Unique Learning Opportunities

Philosophy major student

Internships and Field Work

As a Philosophy student, you'll gain professional skills and experience through internships. These experiential learning opportunities will allow you to take a test drive of your future career in a practical setting.


Studey Abroad


Today’s competitive workforce needs business professionals who think from a global perspective. The College of Business will help you to become a student of world economies and cultures while making valuable contributions in your explorations. Whether you participate in a faculty-led summer seminar course or spend a semester at an international university, the experience will broaden your horizons and help you compete in the global landscape.

Study Abroad

Contact Information

Western New England University
1215 Wilbraham Road
Springfield, MA 01119

800-325-1122, ext. 1321
Contact Us