Welcome to the Philosophy major at
the University at Albany.
Philosophy offers a general major
that provides students with a
background in the history of
philosophy (e.g. Plato, Aristotle,
Descartes, Hume), as well as in values
and logic related courses. In pursuing
philosophy, students develop their
ability to solve problems, communicate
effectively, and organize ideas.
Philosophy majors are successfully
employed in many different areas of
the private sector and government
service—as managers, administrators,
journalists, etc.—wherever a liberal
education combining analytical skills
with breadth of perspective is valued.
Holders of the bachelor’s degree in
philosophy obtain jobs held by liberal
arts graduates in newspapers,
government, management, law, and
(Major Academic Pathway) shows how the
Philosophy major might be completed in
four years. As a transfer student it is important for you to use your
Degree Audit Report (DARS) to determine what you’ve already completed and what is left for you to finish at Albany. As you do this, please consider the following information that we have found to be important to transfer students:
- Required coursework: The
following courses must be completed in
order to complete the Philosophy
major: Phi 110/111, Phi 210, Phi 212,
Phi 310, 312.
- PHI 310 and PHI 312 are normally
taken in the student's junior year.
PHI 310 is always and only offered in
the fall; PHI 312 is always and only
offered in spring. Be sure to consult
your degree audit for the range of
remaining PHI credits needed to
complete the major.
- Minors: Philosophy majors
are required to complete a minor.
here for the complete list and
requirements of UAlbany minors. Declare your minor as soon as possible, since
you must complete a minor for a
bachelor's degree at UAlbany (unless
you have more than one major).
If you are still unsure about what to
choose, try taking an introductory
class in a discipline you are
considering—trying it out, so to
speak, so you can make an informed
decision later on.
- To declare your
minor, please call Advisement Services
for your first semester:
1. Take 1-2 PHI required courses, as
2. Add 1-2 other PHI courses, for a
maximum of 3 PHI courses for the
3. Select 1-2 General Education courses
in accordance with your DARS-identified
4. Select 1 course in your minor
5. Add an elective if needed to bring
your credit total to 15.
1. Please complete and submit your
Educational Plan as soon as possible, to
maximize access to available seats. The
plan does not have to be perfect or
Your Educational Plan will be reviewed
by a member of the Philosophy faculty
who will contact you by email with
comments or questions. When your
proposal is approved, you will receive
an email and this message will include
your AVN (Advisement Verification
Number). You can expect to receive this
by email within two weeks after receipt
of your proposal. Please be sure to
check your UAlbany email account. Your
AVN will give you access to the