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Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy as a field of inquiry concerns the big questions that form the basis of most fields of inquiry and forms of life. Philosophy and Religion majors at Elmira College learn how to grapple with questions about the basis of reality and the nature of knowledge. They also work with more concrete questions, such as those concerning the nature of just political arrangements, beautiful artworks, and the good life. In addition, students learn how to think critically about themselves as individuals and as members of society.

Elmira College Philosophy students have presented their work at undergraduate philosophy conferences such as the annual Undergraduate Philosophy Conference at SUNY-Oneonta and participated in the regional Ethics Bowl at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

Philosophy and Religion provides an excellent choice for individuals considering careers in law, education, business, or the ministry — fields in which thinking critically about complex issues is a must. Studies have shown that philosophy majors consistently score higher on exams such as the LSAT, GMAT, and the Graduate Record Exam.