The Department of Philosophy aims to provide students in all of its courses with the skills of critical analysis, argumentation, and clarity of expression that allow them to become lifelong learners and to actively advocate for themselves and others throughout their lives. The Philosophy Major aims to give students a solid grounding in the field, connect philosophy to other disciplines as well as to issues in our society and everyday life, and prepare students for a variety of career choices or for graduate work in philosophy, law, or other areas. The Department also supports students' success in their majors by offering minors and a variety of elective courses that give students a deeper understanding of professional ethics in, and/or a deeper theoretical understanding of their chosen fields and disciplines. Finally, the Department contributes to the College’s mission of providing a liberal arts education to all Lehman students.

How to Reach-Out for Advising

At Lehman, students have two kinds of advisors: (1) a general academic advisor who helps you with your overall degree and general education requirements, and (2) an advisor for your chosen major or minor. The Philosophy Department provides the second kind of advising: we advise students who are majors or minors in Philosophy, Disability Studies, or Reasoning and Exposition or wish to become majors or minors in one of these areas.

Schedule your appointment with a Philosophy advisor through Lehman Navigate, which is Lehman's advising system. Instructions for how to log into Navigate are available on that page.

If you have any other questions about the Philosophy major or minor, the Disability Studies minor or the Reasoning and Exposition minor, you can send a text to (929) 377-7080 (don't forget to include your name and EMPL ID), leave a voice message with your preferred phone number, name and EMPL ID at (718) 960-7111, or send an email with your name and EMPL ID number to Prof. Julie Maybee. Prof. Maybee will return your message as soon as possible during regular business hours.

Welcome to the Philosophy Department!

Welcome to the Department of Philosophy at Lehman College. In just four years, the department has changed considerably, with three new tenure-track faculty members, a new department chair, and a growing number of new adjunct faculty members. The range of our course offerings, and the number of our courses, has also increased. In the past two years alone, our number of majors has quadrupled. We also have more students adding a philosophy minor to their degree than ever before. Some of our students are pursuing careers in law and academia, and some are winning fellowships while still at Lehman. For more news about our students, see here.

kamilla smith photoPhilosophy is the pursuit of wisdom about ourselves, others, and the world, through sustained reflection on general questions – what is the purpose of life? what is a just society? what is the nature of thought? what is truth? – that arise in the course of human experience. Philosophy is both a body of knowledge and a set of skills.

Giselle and Maddy Honors Theses We offer courses in moral philosophy, global justice, and applied ethics; in political philosophy, social philosophy, and philosophy of law; in logic, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science; in theory of knowledge and philosophy of the social sciences; in history of philosophy from Ancient Greece to the 21st Century; in African philosophy and Asian philosophy; in existential philosophy and philosophy of religion ; in philosophy of music, philosophy of film, and aesthetics; and in many more areas. Please check out our course offerings here.

The Department offers two Philosophy majors and six Philosophy minors. More information about our majors and minors can be found here. The Department also offers a minor in Disability Studies. For more information about about the Disability Studies Program, see here.

Students may also write an Honors Thesis in Philosophy in their senior year, under the supervision of a professor, and give a public presentation of their work to the department. For examples of Honors Theses from previous years, see here.

why study philosophy

  • Preparing for the Future Job Market? Choose Philosophy! "There's going to be a greater demand in 10 years for liberal arts majors"
  • Tech Leave You Cold? Major in Philosophy! "Philosophy majors generally do quite well for themselves in whatever career path they choose"
  • The many, many reasons to study philosophy: "Philosophy delivers highly marketable, highly transferable skills"
  • Earn a good salary, study Philosophy!
  • Be employable, study philosophy! "I tell people the most useful classes I took were all in philosophy"
  • Philosophy – the most practical major: "It is also a tool... for thinking about everything else, and every profession from law and medicine to motorcycle maintenance"
  • Get into law school with a philosophy degree!
  • Get into business school with a philosophy degree!
  • Get into graduate school with a philosophy degree!
  • Get into medical school with a philosophy degree!
  • Who has a degree in Philosophy? Many people, it turns out – from Pope John Paul II and Susan Sarandon, Angela Davis and Wes Anderson, to Carl Icahn and Carly Fiorina.

maimuna doulahMaimuna Doulah ('16), a Philosophy and English double major, has been accepted to CUNY School of Law School in the fall of 2017. She will continue to work as a Trial Prep Assistant for the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Bronx District Attorney's Office. For more news about Philosophy students, see here.