B.A. in Philosophy

The study of philosophy offers students the opportunity to develop an appreciation for the variety of visions that give life meaning. It also provides students with the intellectual resources needed to begin the lifelong project of crafting a vision of their own. From Plato and Socrates to Freud and Sartre, from the great western and eastern religions to existentialism, from philosophy in literature to philosophy of science, students who pursue a degree in philosophy emerge with an understanding of the major thinkers and central problems of the philosophical tradition, as well as an ability to analyze philosophical texts with critical rigor. A degree in philosophy is helpful to students who are pursuing graduate work in various fields or entering professional schools.

A college degree in the field of philosophy will enrich anyone’s life, but it can also be excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers. Law schools welcome philosophy majors because they can manage complex ideas, questions and analysis. Philosophy majors can thrive in the business due to their ability to understand multiple perspectives. As technology, medicine, geopolitics and other forces increasingly give rise to moral dilemmas, those who have studied the great thinkers can provide the insights that lead to reasoned, ethical decision-making.

The 120-credit Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy comprises 30 credits in philosophy and 6 credits in foreign language, in addition to the general requirements for an LIU Post degree. Majors are encouraged to develop a coherent minor program of their choice by selecting at least 18 credits in one other area of study. Our faculty members are active scholars who publish regularly on subjects ranging from medical ethics to logic. The analytical skills you will develop are highly valuable assets for success in all professions.


  • Incoming freshmen must have a solid B average (3.0 or 82-85 grade point average) and an average SAT score of 1000 (Critical Reading and Math combined) or ACT Composite of 20 or above.
  • Transfer students must have completed more than 24 college credits. A minimum college GPA of 2.0 is required for application review. If you have completed fewer than 24 credits, you must also submit high school transcripts and SAT/ACT scores.

Check out the LIU Post Undergraduate Bulletin to learn about degree requirements, course descriptions, and more.


College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Nathaniel Bowditch, Dean