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Philosophy (BA), 4-Year

Professor teaching a class in liberal arts

Our philosophy major is designed to develop communication, critical thinking and reasoning skills to prepare you for career paths, including law, government and education.

Overview & Distinctions

Overview

D'Youville College's Philosophy program focuses on examining ideas which have shaped our intellectual heritage. The coursework is designed to develop strong analytical, critical thinking and writing skills. You'll learn to analyze, compare and evaluate ideas in order to formulate policies on personal and social levels.

The Philosophy major leads to a Bachelor of Arts degree. An internship and senior research project are requirements of the program.

WHY CHOOSE D'YOUVILLE?

  • Gain research experience by working with D'Youville College faculty on a research topic in either theoretical or social values in your senior year.
  • Get individualized attention in small classes taught by faculty with national reputations in the field.
  • Build your resume with professional internships at nonprofit agencies, corporations or federal, state or local government offices, while gaining perspective on a future career.
  • Flexible requirements for the major means you can customize the curriculum to suit your future career goals, such as taking a second major.
  • D'Youville College's long commitment to a liberal education means that you'll receive the kind of interdisciplinary education that will give you a rock-solid foundation. Gain skills like problem solving, critical thinking, collaboration, and written, visual, and oral communication — all skills that employers believe are critical to success, no matter what career path you decide to take.
  • Strong interdisciplinary coursework provides an excellent basis for graduate study or law school. Add a minor to further strengthen your background.

AUTOMATIC MERIT-BASED SCHOLARSHIP CONSIDERATION

When you apply for admission at D’Youville, we’ll automatically consider you for our merit scholarships. Undergraduate scholarships can cover as much as 50% of your tuition, and there is no need to fill out a separate application! Transfer students can qualify for scholarships, as well. Unlike other schools, maintaining your scholarship is easier at D'Youville, because we use realistic GPA requirements to determine your eligibility each year. 

Check out the chart below to see if you qualify:
Scholarship GPA / SAT (M & EBRW)* / or ACT Tuition Waiver Amount Dorm GPA required to retain scholarship
Honors 88/1170 /or 24 50% off 25% off 2.75
Distinction 80/1080 /or 21 25% off  50% off 2.5 
Achievement 80/980 /or 19 $3,000    2.25
Transfer 3.5 $5,000  

2.5

Transfer 3.0 $4,000  

2.5

Transfer 2.75 $3,500   2.5
Dillon 93/1360 /or 29 100% off  25%  2.75
Buffalo Say Yes No GPA minimum requirement/1080 /or 21 100% off   2.75
Alumni Kinship   $300-$2,000   Must reapply each year. Only open to relatives of D'Youville alumni.

*Scores are based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.
⁺D'Youville only requires that you submit the results from one test.

More information can be found on our scholarships page.

ADMISSION REQUIREMENTS

First Time Freshmen

D'Youville selects students who are academically well-rounded and committed to meeting the challenges of a high quality education. If you have been successful in a traditional college preparatory program in high school, you should be well-prepared for the academic challenges at D'Youville.

Students entering D'Youville College as a freshman must meet the following minimum entrance criteria: 
High School Average SAT (or) ACT
80  980  19
⁺Score is based on the new SAT score format which went into effect in March 2016.

Our admitted freshman class profile:

High school average: 85% attained a B or better
Class rank: 87% of students in the top 50 percent of their class or higher
Test Scores 25th Percentile 75th Percentile Median 
SAT Evidence-based Reading and Writing* 460 590 530
SAT Math* 510 590 550
SAT Composite* 1010 1180 1090
ACT Composite* 21 25 23
*These scores reflect the new SAT score format, which went into effect in March 2016.

Transfer students

Students entering D'Youville College as a transfer student must meet the following entrance criteria:

Criteria for Admission: Transfer students with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or higher will be considered for admission.

Average Cumulative GPA: 3.26

Review the steps to apply for admission to D'Youville as a transfer student.


Curriculum

Course Requirements for the Major

In the specific area of concentration

Course Number Course Name Credits
PHI 201 Ethics in Theory and Action 3
PHI 204 Logic and Practical Reasoning 3
PHI 280 Western Ancient Philosophy 3
PHI 305 History of Modern Philosophy I 3
PHI 305 History of Modern Philosophy II 3
PHI 310 History of Modern Philosophy II 3
PHI 450 Senior Research 3
  OR  
*PHI 600 Philosophical Methods 3
PHI Philosophy electives 12
  (at least two courses at the 300 level and two at the 400 level)  
  Internship 3-12

In other academic areas required for the major

Course Number Course Name Credits
  Four courses in related field of study 12

Totals

Requirement Credits
Major 45
Core requirements and electives 75
Total 120

Internships

Internships

The required philosophy internship offers on-site experience in several related areas:

For students interested in designing their own internships, the faculty will help make the arrangements.

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