College of Arts & Sciences

The study of philosophy at Seton Hall University is concerned with a number of issues about the world and our place in it. These involve improving our understanding of such notions as ethics, politics, knowledge, truth, religion, and justice. Each of these concerns important notions in society that require careful examination. Students of philosophy learn about the history of ideas that have shaped our intellectual heritage in the West, and how they can be better understood. In this way the study of philosophy provides students with a broader and richer knowledge of our society.

Because of its focus on critical thought the program provides excellent preparation for various types of professions. Students have gone on to further study or careers in such areas as philosophy, education, law, business, criminal justice, and college administration. There is also a pre-law emphasis for students interested in this area.

The major in philosophy requires students to complete 30 credits of coursework. To receive the degree, students must complete the core requirements in the College of Arts and Sciences and the necessary number of electives. In the major students are required to have a minimum G.P.A. of 2.5 overall and in their philosophy courses. Those students who qualify may join the International Philosophy Honor Society, Phi Sigma Tau.

To talk to a faculty adviser, contact Abe J. Zakhem, Ph.D., chair of the Department of Philosophy, at or (973) 761-9480. Web site:

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