Department of Philosophy


The Department of Philosophy provides the opportunity for a degree at the BA level. Students gain abstract reasoning skills that are valuable in today's high-tech, information-based economy. The program also prepares students for graduate studies and beyond.

Learn more about each of our programs:

  • BA in Philosophy
  • Minor in Philosophy
All University philosophy graduates seeking entrance to graduate school have been accepted; more William Paterson philosophy majors have received full scholarships in PhD programs (with full graduate research and teaching assistantships) at major research universities than have students from any other institution in the New Jersey system. Philosophy majors have the highest overall mean score of all majors, nationwide, on the Graduate Record Exam, LawSchool Adm. Test and Graduate Management Adm. Test., which is one reason why many employers, including corporations, have of late been seeking out philosophy majors for successful careers in business, government, journalism, law, medicine, and the arts.