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What is the meaning of humanity? Freedom? Knowledge? Good? Evil? Challenge your values to strengthen them. Examine your life to fulfill it.

Philosophy defined is "love of wisdom." For our students and faculty this love-this pursuit-of wisdom is a calling. A passion. A journey that lasts a lifetime as knowledge is attained, realities are understood and personal worldviews alter.

Philosophy prepares students for life, both personally and professionally. It drives personal growth, allowing those who study it to lead richer lives, prepared to consider the different ideas and policies that compete for attention. And through reason and analysis, critical thinking, questioning assumptions and creative problem solving, students emerge ready for success in diverse fields such as teaching, law, medicine and business.  


A major or minor in philosophy provides students with the tools to construct their personal worldview through departmental courses focusing on literature, religion, moral issues, health care, science, law and more.

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  • Philosophy

    Philosophy defined is "love of wisdom." For our students and faculty, this love—this pursuit—of wisdom is a calling.

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  • Philosophy

    Philosophy defined is "love of wisdom." For our students and faculty, this love—this pursuit—of wisdom is a calling.

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Faculty research, publish and present in their field and often collaborate side-by-side with students to help them explore their disciplines in greater depth, building on knowledge gained in the classroom and offering a unique hands-on, real-world experience. At Emmanuel, there’s an energy on campus that brings people and ideas together - in the classroom, across campus, throughout Boston and beyond.

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Small classes, big advantages

The Philosophy Department faculty members have a wide range of teaching and research interests. They play an active role in the community, both at the College and beyond. The department's specialties include topics such as applied ethics, philosophy of mind and history of philosophy.

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Equipped with a well-rounded liberal arts and sciences education and real-world experience within their disciplines, Emmanuel graduates go on to make their mark at companies and organizations locally, nationally and internationally. Many students also choose to continue their education at the master’s or doctorate level. Check out where some of our recent graduates are thriving!

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Class of 2015: Where We Work

Position Company Major
Religion Teacher Our Lady's Academy Philosophy

Class of 2015: Where We Attend Grad School

Degree Institution Major
M.S.W. Boston University School of Social Work Philosophy

What Next?

Whether you are a current Emmanuel student or a prospective student exploring Emmanuel for the first time, we can help you determine what’s next. Schedule a meeting with your Academic Advisor, connect with the Career Center or the Office of International Programs to explore internship or study abroad options, or contact the Office of Admissions to set up a campus tour.

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