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  • Bachelor of Arts Major
  • Minor
  • Erie, Pennsylvania

Recent graduates have gone on to postsecondary study at the University of Notre Dame Law School, the Pontifical North American College in Rome, St. Mary’s University in Baltimore and Gonzaga University.

  • GU Possibilities
    • Recent graduates of the program have gone on to postsecondary study at the University of Notre Dame Law School, the Pontifical North American College in Rome, St. Mary’s University in Baltimore and Gonzaga University. 
    • Gannon’s philosophy faculty is affiliated with the American Philosophical Association, International Berkeley Society, American Maritain Association and the American Catholic Philosophical Association.
    • A recent philosophy major studied at St. Edmund’s College at the University of Oxford in England. Reflecting on his experience, he said, “My experience in the philosophy program at Gannon University has given me the opportunity of a lifetime to study abroad with some of the greatest minds and scholars at Oxford University.”

    You Will Learn

    Philosophy is the love and pursuit of wisdom. An essential part of a person’s education should be the serious and personal exploration of the ultimate questions—about God and human destiny, how we should live our lives and the nature of the world around us. As Socrates said, “the unexamined life is not worth living.”

    Human beings cannot be satisfied with merely knowing the what of things happening around them; they want to understand the why of the human condition. Philosophy students not only experience major philosophers at work on these important human issues, but they also participate in this activity by developing their own skills for creative thinking, rational argument and responsible judgment.

    You Will Experience

    Students majoring in philosophy have the opportunity to develop skills and increase career awareness through internships and co-ops offered by the Center for Experiential Education. Students experience internships in areas such as:

    • charities  
    • government offices  
    • law offices  
    • nonprofit organizations, such as Pax Christi USA  

    You Will Achieve

    Many philosophy program graduates go on to postgraduate study in the field in pursuit of academic careers as philosophy teachers and researchers. But a degree in philosophy is also a springboard to successful careers in a wide array of fields. Such opportunities include, but are not limited to, the following:

    • banking and finance  
    • consulting  
    • insurance and management  
    • law, government and politics  
    • sales  
    • social and religious service  
    • technology  
    • writing and communication  

    You Will Earn

    Salaries in the field vary depending on the location and type of organization.

    • Starting salary: $39,700
    • Mid-career salary: $78,300

    All salary information is compiled from data gathered from the Bureau of Labor Statistics ( and/or PayScale (  

    You Will Study

    Example Course Descriptions

    Students in the philosophy program receive a thorough grounding in the history of philosophy through courses consisting of ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary philosophy. Philosophy majors take various core and elective courses including:

    PHIL 210: Logic

    This course introduces students to the theory and practice of good reasoning. Students learn practical techniques for constructing and evaluating arguments based on both traditional Aristotelian logic and modern formal logic.

    PHIL 238: Business Ethics

    Business dealings are subject to the same norms and criteria which govern other human activities. This course analyzes the ethical dimensions of business transactions and consumerism, addressing itself to such problems as profits, advertising, free enterprise, discrimination, trade secrets, unions and bribery.

    PHIL 250: Comparative World Philosophy

    An introduction to the classics of world philosophy. Students will survey some of the greatest contributions of both Western and non-Western approaches to the major questions concerning issues such as the good life, the self, theories of knowledge, reality versus appearance and philosophical theology. Students will also compare and contrast the answers to these major questions using a unified standard of critical thought and a unified goal of seeking insight into answers to these major philosophical issues.

    Liberal Studies Core

    The Liberal Studies Core Curriculum is one reflection of Gannon University's commitment to its Catholic identity. The Core's design offers students a defined, integrated, shared experience as the foundation for their undergraduate program.