Move the world, question by question.
“Archimedes used to demand just one firm and immovable point in order to shift the entire earth; so I too can hope for great things if I manage to find just one thing, however slight, that is certain and unshakeable.” (Rene Descartes, Meditation II, 1641)
The study of philosophy examines the basic and ultimate questions of human life including, but not limited to: what is real? what is knowledge? what is good? and what is beauty? Our philosophy program is at the very heart of the Iona College mission of fostering intellectual inquiry and developing graduates who will be recognized for their ethical sensibilities, creativity, and independent thinking.
Whether you take philosophy courses as part of your undergraduate core requirements or choose to major or minor in philosophy, you will work with dedicated professors and scholars who will prepare you to grapple with and understand some of the most profound ideas of the ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary worlds. Our courses explore issues in the history of philosophy, which form the intellectual foundations that continue to shape our personal and professional lives. In the process, our students develop and hone their critical, analytical, and evaluative skills.
Our major program offers rigorous preparation for advanced studies in philosophy, and provides a superb foundation for students pursuing graduate study in a wide range of academic and professional disciplines.
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Enhancing study in other disciplines
Philosophy classes provide the occasion for critical reading, writing, and problem solving. Philosophy coursework dovetails with other academic disciplines, complementing and enhancing study in fields such as law, business, religion, mathematics, politics, the fine arts, literature, and the natural and social sciences.
For example, courses in logic, the philosophy of law, and the ethics of science, technology, and business prepare students for careers in their chosen fields.
Philosophy in the Honors Program
The Philosophy Department holds a particularly strong place in the Iona College Honors Program, which offers honors students the resources and opportunities to develop their talents and to perform at the peak of their capabilities. The Humanities and Logic courses in the Honors Program are specifically designed to develop intellectual curiosity, analytic abilities, and awareness of ethical and civic responsibilities. Philosophy is central to these endeavors.
Philosophy of life
As a philosophy major, you will have opportunities to attend philosophy conferences and presentations at nearby schools, meeting with others to examine and to challenge their ideas. You’ll also benefit from our proximity to NYC, where students have access to internships in a wide range of organizations, including:
Through these field-based learning experiences, philosophy students explore the moral dimensions of service, conduct case studies in applied ethics, and begin to build the basis for lifelong inquiry and learning.