Philosophy at Providence College

Why Study Philosophy at Providence College?
Philosophy is about the big questions — questions about reality, the mind, and language; about knowledge, experience, and science; about freedom, ethics, and responsibility; about governance, law, and society; about race, gender, and sexuality — and many more besides.

We won’t tell you what to think about these questions — but we will help you to think for yourself, and to develop and defend your own answers to these questions in conversation with the great philosophers from the ancient world to the contemporary. In doing so, you’ll develop the kind of skills that make philosophy students so popular with employers, law schools, and graduate admissions committees. 

What you'll study

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy 
The philosophy major provides an in-depth introduction to philosophy, with required courses in every major era in the history of philosophy, as well as in ethics, logic, and metaphysics.

The Philosophy Minor 
The philosophy minor offers students a great opportunity to study philosophy in tandem with their major area of study. The requirements allow students to choose the courses they want to take with the instructors they want to study with, giving them the flexibility to focus on the areas that interest them the most.

Selected Courses

  • Ancient Philosophy  
  • Asian Philosophy  
  • Biomedical Ethics  
  • Brave New Philosophies  
  • Business Ethics  
  • Contemporary Existentialism  
  • Law and Morality  
  • Phenomenology  
  • Philosophy and Globalization  
  • Philosophy and Literature  
  • Philosophy of Film  
  • Philosophy of Language  
  • Philosophy of Mind  
  • Philosophy of Science 

Faculty

With more than 20 full-time faculty members, the philosophy department is one of the largest at Providence College, comparable in size to the departments at many major research universities. Many of our faculty are actively engaged in producing cutting-edge research and in providing the highquality, research-led teaching that is central to the experience of studying at a liberal arts college.

Our faculty includes internationally renowned experts in several areas of philosophy, including ancient philosophy, ethics, Islamic philosophy, philosophy of mind, and phenomenology, and in figures such as Aristotle, Kant, Nietzsche, and Wittgenstein. 

ENGAGED LEARNING

Philosophy as Career Preparation: As a philosopher, you get to address fundamental philosophical questions about every aspect of life. But in case that isn’t reason enough, there are some great practical reasons to want to study philosophy at Providence College. 

Earn a Higher Salary: According to the American Philosophical Association, philosophy majors “tend to earn more over their lifetime than people with degrees in any other humanities field. Philosophy students have the highest starting salary of any humanities major and the highest percent increase between starting and mid-career salary.”  

Prepare for Graduate School: According to the American Philosophical Association, philosophy majors “consistently perform best or near best on graduate school admission exams, year after year and across various sections compared to other majors.” They also perform exceedingly well on the GREs and LSATs. 

92%

of 2016-2020 philosophy graduates are employed and/or attending graduate school


  • 44% are employed only
  • 36% are attending school only
  • 12% are employed and attending school

Selected Places of Employment/Service

  • Angelico Press
  • Charleston Magazine
  • Providence College  
  • Archdiocese of Baltimore
  • Brown Brothers Harriman  

Selected Graduate Schools

  • Boston College  
  • The Catholic University of America
  • Columbia University  
  • Fordham University
  • Georgia State University
  • Tufts University  
  • University of Guelph 
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University  

Law Schools

  • Cornell University
  • Duke University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Pace University
  • Roger Williams University
  • Suffolk University
  • UMass Dartmouth  
  • Vermont Law School
  • Yale University