About Philosophy at Bucknell
The Bucknell Philosophy department is a pluralistic group, with expertise in a wide variety of complementary areas and approaches (see Philosophy Faculty and Staff page for specializations, strengths and interests). Our curriculum accordingly offers courses in a broad array of subjects, figures, historical periods, traditions, movements and methodological perspectives (see Course Offerings page for descriptions of PHIL courses).
In addition to the diverse range of courses we offer every semester, exclusive advanced seminars are available for senior majors. Philosophy faculty also frequently mentor students in senior theses, honors theses and independent research projects.
Teaching and research assistantships offer students opportunities for employment as well as advanced-level work in philosophy.
Many Bucknell philosophy majors choose a second, complementary major. The discipline of philosophy strengthens and deepens the study of virtually any other academic field.
Some of Bucknell's philosophy students have gone on to do advanced work at a number of the best graduate programs in philosophy across the country. Others have successfully pursued graduate work in other academic fields or exceled in law, business or medical school (philosophy majors consistently score in the top range on the GRE, GMAT, LSAT and MCAT). Because the study of philosophy cultivates broad, adaptable and widely applicable critical thinking skills, our majors have flourished in many different careers, ranging from law, to education, politics, business, finance, nonprofit work, and creative and entrepreneurial pathways. The alumni profiles on this page represent just a small selection of the many career paths our majors have chosen.