Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York
 



Overview: The Undergraduate Program



Fordham University's Department of Philosophy has a long and distinguished record, having offered programs in philosophy for more than 150 years. Renowned for its strengths in medieval philosophy and contemporary continental philosophy, the department features a pluralistic program that recognizes the history of philosophy as the context informing contemporary philosophical debates. We invite undergraduates to take part in both the joys and challenges of philosophical reflection through our core courses and our major and minor programs. A degree in philosophy, because of the analytical, critical, and argumentative skills it develops, is an excellent preparation not only for further study in philosophy but for a variety of careers beyond philosophy.

The department provides courses in all periods of the history of philosophy, and its pluralism manifests itself in the wide variety of schools and perspectives represented in its contemporary philosophy courses (American philosophy, analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, environmental philosophy, feminist philosophy, and Thomistic studies). The department's strengths in systematic areas include epistemology, ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of religion.

Philosophy undergraduate graduate course requirements at Fordham reflect the department's commitment to philosophical pluralism and to the value of philosophizing with both a solid understanding of the history of philosophy and an exposure to the major fields of philosophy.  All students, therefore, must take courses both in the history of philosophy and in thematic studies. A chief benefit of the philosophy program is the development of analytical and critical reading skills—careful, close reading that identifies the claims made, isolates the arguments offered in support of those claims, and evaluates those arguments—along with the skills of argumentation—the crafting of arguments that advance, clarify, or rebut a position.

Students and faculty at Fordham together benefit from the exceptional academic and research environment provided by New York City. The departmental lecture series exposes students to outstanding scholars from all over the world, and (together with Fordham's distinguished School of Law) the department sponsors a Natural Law Colloquium.

The scholarly reputation of the Fordham philosophy faculty is recognized nationally and abroad. As well as publishing scholarly books and articles, the faculty serve as officers of philosophical organizations and as editors of philosophical journals and book series. The department is home to three significant philosophical societies: the Society for Medieval Logic and Metaphysics, the Nietzsche Society, and the Society for the Study of Process Philosophies.  Members of the department edit three well-known journals: International Philosophical Quarterly, New Nietzsche Studies, and the New Yearbook for Phenomenology and Phenomenological Philosophy.  In addition, six book series are edited by our faculty: Environmental Philosophy and Ethics (SUNY Press), Great Medieval Thinkers (Oxford University Press), Indiana Series in the Philosophy of Religion (Indiana University Press), Outstanding Christian Thinkers (Continuum), Studies in Medieval Philosophy (Fordham University Press), and Cambridge Hegel Translations (Cambridge University Press).

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