Major Profile: Philosophy

Morgan Manfredo

Staff Writer

Utica College has many different majors to choose from when deciding what people want to study and do for the rest of their lives. Philosophy is just one of many majors offered at UC.

Philosophy enables students to think clearly with insight, ethical decision-making, effective communication, and critical thinking. Highly talented faculty teach in UC’s philosophy department and are sure to do everything they can to assist students to enjoy the program, as well as prepare them for the workforce.

Professor Christopher Riddle, who teaches philosophy at UC, said that college students who major in philosophy nd themselves

prepared for traditional paths after philosophy.

“Law school, education, or continued studies in graduate school, but it has been increasingly demonstrated that philosophy undergraduates are more prepared than most to enter and excel a wide variety of professions,” Riddle said. “I attribute largely to the focus of philosophy being on how to think, rather than what to think.”

He also said the New York Times has suggested that business management is increasingly becoming the home of philosophy grads, and it was suggested that 93 percent of philosophy grads are employed six months after graduation.

“We couple this with statistics that indicate that philosophy grads continually score amongst the highest on GRE, LSAT, and MCAT tests,”

Riddle said.

These facts about philosophy could potentially draw more students into the philosophy program and expand UC student’s thought about the major.

“Philosophy at Utica College is a bit more broad,” Professor Riddle said. “We retain a focus on classical debates while also bridging to many contemporary and applied issues.”

Riddle added that they have a breadth of courses that should appeal to not only philosophy majors, but also students who appreciate careful, critical thinking more generally.

Adam Brooks, who is studying abroad in Germany this semester, is a student at Utica College and studies philosophy. Brooks enjoys the program’s extensiveness, and the opportunities to learn more about different aspects of philosophy.

“The classes were challenging,” Brooks said. “The small size of the program gavemeanopportunitytoget to know all of the professors well. Sometimes my class sizes were two or three people; on several occasions I was the only student. My professors have always gone out of their way to accommodate me and to make sure that I am successful.”

Brooks said the classes were challenging because you have to be con dent enough to disagree and be humble enough to question your opinions. Graduate school is what Brooks is looking forward to after nishing his undergraduate here at UC.

“I loved that philosophy taught you how to think critically about a whole host of issues,” Joshua Turner, a graduate of Utica College, said. “For me, that was mostly tied up in my other major, Political Science, but you can really apply it to anything: science, psychology, education and math.”


Turner also said that reading and writing skills are a must for anyone majoring in philosophy, the readings are not something to just skim through but to get the full meaning because it’s worth it.

“I think it’s a shame that philosophy isn’t a mandatory high school course,” Turner said.

As of right now Turner is working in the education eld but wants to pursue his Ph.D. in the political science eld once he completes his masters degree. Another option for him is to teach, speci cally critical thinking skills to his class.