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.
The student of philosophy learns the fundamental theories and concepts that have framed our intellectual heritage, as well as 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.
The study of philosophy provides a solid foundation for advanced study in almost any field or 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.
UB's Philosophy Department offers a major and a minor in philosophy, and also provides the opportunity for joint degrees with other programs. Many of our students are joint or double majors with such departments as Psychology, English and Computer Science.
Philosophy students often continue studies in law and medicine. Others enter a business field, journalism, politics, computer science, the arts, or academic life in another discipline.
The UB Department of Philosophy's special focus on biomedical ontology and biomedical ethics gives our students unique opportunities to pursue careers in a variety of health-related fields, including the rapidly expanding field of biomedical informatics.
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