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    Eugene Lang College of Liberal Arts

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    New York, NY 10003 
    Phone: 212.229.5150 or 
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    Program Contact
    Dmitri Nikulin
    Director of Undergraduate Studies and Departmental Faculty Advisor for Philosophy

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  • At Lang, the study of philosophy introduces you to the history of ideas, encompassing a wide variety of philosophical traditions, approaches, questions, and ways of thinking. The guiding purpose of our interdisciplinary curriculum is to awaken an interest in and love for exploring and criticizing the intellectual traditions that form the basis of understanding modern humanity.

    • Study Options Major, Minor

    Our sense of self, what we consider important, how we pursue knowledge and life, even our tastes and inclinations are all issues that have long been studied in the field of philosophy. But philosophy also seeks to address the need, even the responsibility, to challenge and rethink what is traditionally accepted to be true about who and what we are. 

    In the Philosophy program, you learn to:

    • Read and interpret complex philosophical texts
    • Understand fundamental philosophical concepts
    • Apply philosophical concepts to the analysis of contemporary problems
    • Clearly express and defend your own arguments

    Advanced students may take approved graduate-level courses in the Department of Philosophy at The New School for Social Research, whose faculty includes some of the leading contemporary philosophers in the Continental tradition.

    Major requirements

    Minor requirements

    Connecting to New York City

    While it offers the atmosphere and intimacy of a small college, Eugene Lang College is part of The New School, a major progressive university in New York City. Philosophy students enrich their studies by immersing themselves in the city's history, culture, and energy. Using New York City as your laboratory, you'll gain knowledge, skills, and opportunities to address society's challenges.

    Career Paths

    Graduates of the Philosophy program have gone on to pursue careers in a wide variety of fields, both professional and academic, including law, politics, public service, writing, and the arts and sciences.

    If you are planning to go on to graduate study in philosophy, consider applying to the Bachelor's-Master's program, which enables you to earn graduate credits that will apply to both your Lang degree and a graduate philosophy degree at The New School for Social Research.

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