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.
Students declaring an intention to go to graduate school in Philosophy:
The reason usually given for such excellent performance on these examinations is that philosophy majors develop problem solving skills at a level of abstraction that cannot be achieved through the case-study or profession-specific approach favored in disciplines geared towards occupational training. People with strong abstract reasoning skills do better in applied fields, on average, than people who lack the ability to abstract from particular problem-situations.