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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
Watervliet, NY, United States
Students of the Philosophy program of Siena College learn to think clearly and critically about the most important questions of life, preparing for any job or career that values reasoned and ethical interpretative skills, as well as the ability to create text and discourse.
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As a major in the Philosophy program of Siena College, you will explore contemporary philosophical questions through the lens of the history of philosophy. You'll gain an understanding of the central figures and texts in the history of philosophy, the four traditional theories of ethics together with an understanding of the nature of justice, and the formal techniques used to evaluate arguments. And you'll learn to carefully read, comprehend and compress written material, to compare and contrast a range of positions on a given topic, to defend a specific position on a topic and to write clearly and in an organized fashion—all highly valued skills. An 18-credit minor is also offered.

Your future success

Siena's philosophy program provides excellent preparation for careers in law, religion, business, advertising, writing, education, social work and more as well as professional and graduate school. Careers of our philosophy alumni include: Executive Deputy Secretary of State, Attorney, Sr. Lead Quality Assurance Specialist, Director of Policy and Research , Director of Capital Project Management, Senior Planner & Project Manager, Director of Staffing and Director of Government Affairs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophy and the Human Being
  • Reason and Argument
  • Logic
  • Ethics
  • Greek and Roman Philosophy
  • Early Modern Philosophy

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • Complete an online application
  • Send all transcripts and school results from each secondary school and post-secondary school that you have attended
  • Submit a personal essay of 1-2 pages describing your interest in Siena College and your goals for studying in the United States
  • Submit one letter of recommendation
  • The SAT and ACT are optional
  • Non-native English speakers are required to submit an English proficiency score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) examination or the International English Language Testing System (IELTS)

Tuition Fee

  • International

    39200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    39200 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 19600 USD per semester and a duration of 48 months.
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