Philosophy

Open doors to new ways of thinking and diverse career opportunities in a flexible, interdisciplinary philosophy program that’s relevant to your life.

Crossing disciplines and cultures, the Philosophy bachelor's degree program at Wells will take you on a journey designed to deepen your understanding of self and the world around you. You'll explore a wide range of topics, working in small classes at a private liberal arts college with professors who are both noted scholars and dedicated mentors. You even have the flexibility to design a course of study that fits with your career goals and interests. In addition to the Philosophy major, we also offer a minor in Philosophy & Religion.

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A Look Inside the Philosophy Bachelor’s Degree Program at Wells 

If you’re looking for interesting class discussions and an open, collaborative learning environment with a shared commitment to discovery and truth, consider the Philosophy bachelor’s degree program at Wells College.

Our undergraduate Philosophy major explores diverse topics that are relevant in the culture and the world today, engaging you in conversations about basic questions of human existence that will help you develop and sharpen your critical thinking and logic. At Wells, you can also craft your own philosophy major, helping to design your program and thesis experience.

Emphasizing problem-solving, methods for resolving conflicting positions, and cultivation of the moral imagination and expansion of human sympathies, the Philosophy bachelor’s degree program prepares you for a variety of careers that call for clear, rigorous, creative, and humane analysis and judgment.

What You’ll Learn as a Philosophy Major

  • Critical thinking, analytical, and problem-solving skills you can apply to a wide range of careers
  • How to articulate a personal, rationally coherent ethical perspective, which is responsive to the views and concerns of others
  • The ways in which a broad spectrum of philosophical disciplines and fields of study are related, with an appreciation for the diversity of human experience

Beyond the Classroom: Experiential Learning in the Philosophy Bachelor’s Degree Program

As a philosophy major at Wells, you’ll find a variety of exciting opportunities to apply your learning in the real world, through internships, working with professors on research projects, study abroad programs, and more.

Internship and Study Abroad Opportunities

Gain valuable career experience as you apply lessons learned in logic, ethics, and rhetoric to a professional framework. Here are a few of the internships held by philosophy bachelor’s degree students in recent years: 

  • New York State Division of Human Rights, Syracuse, New York
  • Law Offices of Glenn R. Marshall & Associates, New York, New York
  • Cornell University - Philosophy Department, Ithaca, New York
  • Empire State Pride Agenda, Albany, New York
  • New York State Office of Court Administration, New York, New York

Want to take your undergraduate philosophy education overseas? Learn more about study abroad programs at Wells

Philosophy Clubs and Other Aurora Campus Programs

Explore your understanding of philosophy and learn to apply it with your classmates by becoming involved in activities at our scenic lakeside campus in Aurora, New York. Below are just a few clubs that might match your interests: 

  • Collegiate Counsel (student government)
  • Community Service and Activism Board
  • Student Committee on Inclusive and Intercultural Excellence
  • Model United Nations
  • Satisfied Mind Club 

Related Minor Degree Programs

If you’re interested in studying philosophy, you might also consider a minor in programs such as:

Career Options for Philosophy Majors

Our liberal arts bachelor’s degree program in Philosophy gives you the background knowledge to study a lot of different areas—knowledge that you can in turn apply to a variety of careers. Our philosophy majors have gone on to pursue graduate programs and successful careers in fields including law, social work, psychology, and creative writing, just to name a few.

Current Research in the Philosophy Bachelor’s Degree Program

Professor Brad Frazier is the author of Rorty and Kierkegaard on Irony and Moral Commitment: Philosophical and Theological Connections. He has also published essays in Philosophy and Social Criticism, Journal of Religious Ethics, International Philosophical Quarterly, History of Philosophy Quarterly, and The Daily Show and Philosophy.

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"I think one of the things that really drew me to Wells was how important student participation was and how you could be involved in so many different aspects on campus. I help organize events and participate in the discussions, which is awesome because the small size makes everyone's voice heard."

Michelle Lee '16
Women's and Gender Studies Major
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Program Faculty
Brad Frazier
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion
Michael Gorr
Visiting Professor of Philosophy
Practical Applications

Philosophy majors gain the advantage of becoming among the most well-rounded, critically-engaged, thoughtful and versatile members of the campus community. The principles of logic, ethics, aesthetics, and other practical ways of thinking and judging are tied to the historic and current studies of epistemology, theology, postmodernism, and other schools of thought—resulting in a mind capable of applying itself to practically anything. Philosophy majors are often involved with campus events such as Activism Symposium or theatre productions; clubs including POWER (Praising Our Work, Ethnicity, and Race) and Campus Greens; or sharing time with other disciplines including Political Science, Economics, and Film and Media Studies. Associate Professor of Philosophy and Religion Brad Frazier also acts as the advisor for the Pre-Law program, assisting and guiding students who wish to enter law school after earning their degree at Wells.

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Wells College promises a relevant liberal arts and sciences education. Intellectually challenging. Reinterpreted for today. Classroom teaching combined with hands-on learning. Wells graduates enter the world prepared for successful futures.

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