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Undergraduate Study

Philosophy is sometimes called the mother of the sciences because it represents the oldest and most enduring type of education. Philosophy studies the foundation of values, examines the nature of justice, knowledge and reality, and sets the mind working with accuracy and imagination.

Contact Information

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James M. Lawler

Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies

Phone: (716) 645-0141


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Patricia A. Hahn

Undergraduate Administrator

Phone: (716) 645-2780; Fax: (716) 645-6139


General Inquiries

Department of Philosophy
135 Park Hall
Buffalo, NY 14260-4150

Voice: (716) 645-2444
Fax: (716) 645-6139
General Inquiry Email:

Wondering what to do with a degree in philosophy?

As a student of philosophy you will learn the fundamental theories and concepts that have framed our intellectual heritage. You will gain the essential tools to investigate and develop the ideas that shape both our lives today and our futures.

Philosophy is especially equipped to teach skills that are important for success in almost any endeavor: how to think critically, how to construct arguments and examine reasons, and how to formulate and express ideas clearly in speech and writing.

These skills build a solid foundation for success in almost any field and for entering the job market with confidence. Because it trains the student to think clearly and critically, it is excellent preparation for the many professions that require these skills.