Office: E370 Thompson Hall

(716) 673-3207

Dr. David Rankin, Chairperson (interim)




Philosophy is the study of the most basic questions one can ask about the nature of reality, human existence, knowledge, value, and meaning. It develops the skills of careful inquiry and logical thinking, which are the hallmarks of successful people in all walks of life. The philosophy department offers a major, a minor, and a series of courses designed to complement student majors in other fields, as well as courses of general interest to all students.

Numerous philosophy courses are designed to complement student majors in other fields including business, economics, computer science, art, film, music, theatre, criminal justice, legal studies, and the natural and social sciences. The philosophy department has advisement material available for students who wish to pursue an interest in philosophy in conjunction with these majors and minors.