The expertise and scholarship of the Philosophy Department’s faculty extends across broad areas of the discipline, including the history of Western philosophy, contemporary analytic, and contemporary European Continental thought. The Department runs a vibrant MA program and offers Honours, Major and Minor programs at the undergraduate level. We maintain an active colloquium series and usually host one to three conferences per year.
Our alumni have gone on to do graduate work in philosophy, in other disciplines, or have found jobs in the professions. Below, they give some reasons to study our courses and enrol in our programs. For articles describing how a philosophy degree prepares you for a wide variety of jobs and professions, as well as a list of famous people in business, journalism, law, science, arts, politics and other professions, who have philosophy degrees, click here.
"My undergraduate studies at Concordia provided me with an excellent background in all major areas of philosophy and proved to be an excellent preparation for graduate school. But most importantly, it is through reading philosophical texts at Concordia that I learned to think by myself. This proves to be a real asset in all areas of life, a tangible effect of philosophy in my everyday projects and engagements with others." Prof. Maxime Doyon, Department of Philosopy, Université de Montréal
“Although I am now studying outside of Philosophy per se, my preparatory studies in Philosophy at CU were invaluable to my capacity for critical inquiry and scholarly thought... Philosophical approaches can be applied to all social science disciplines...” Rosalind Raddatz, PhD Candidate Political Science, UOttawa (BA Honours 2006, MA 2008)
“The philosophy degree prepared me [for being Sales Manager, TD Bank], as most business functions are analytic.” Devon Ajram (BA Honours 2005)
“Philosophy has been immensely helpful in the therapy room as it has prepared me to discuss questions of meaning and purpose with my clients.” Giuseppe Alfonsi, PhD Candidate Clinical Psychology at CU (BSc Psychology, Major Philosophy, 2005)
“Struggling with complex and difficult texts, receiving a grounding in the foundations of Western and non-Western thought, and constructing sound arguments for and against ideas both new and foreign to me were invaluable experiences.” James Forbes, MA Candidate in Communication and Culture, Ryerson and York (BA Honours 2007)