Why Study Philosophy?

    Think before you act, and dare to be wise. Gain perspective on the art of living, the right and wrong, and ways to flourish and create the world anew. Ask your questions, hear others, and take a stance. Explore philosophy with us at MMC. 

    Why Study Philosophy at MMC?

    Philosophy at MMC is an integrated program that introduces you to the depths of the world’s wisdom, but always in light of pressing contemporary concerns. Our program focuses on the thematic exploration of world religions and the global philosophical tradition, grounded in MMC’s unique New York identity. Philosophical inquiry is taken to the streets of NYC; our study of religion happens in the real, sacred spaces of the city. We process our discoveries in small classes and in close connection with deeply committed faculty. It all works together: in the PHIL/RS program, you will explore the diverse range of people’s perspectives, gaining cultural literacy and critical thinking skills that are directed towards ethical reflection and social engagement. 

    What You Will Learn

    Identify concerns at the heart of human experience, especially those pertaining to the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, and values; Articulate the way the greatest thinkers have addressed these concerns throughout human history; Respond to these issues yourself, building on a firm foundation of formal reasoning, analytic method, and critical intelligence. 


    History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies

    Department Chair
    Bradley Herling

    Program Highlights

    Philosophy at MMC goes beyond the standard narrative and brings together global philosophical traditions with consideration of pressing, contemporary issues, such as racial injustice, gender and sexuality, and the state of contemporary politics.
    You will get to know your faculty right away: no massive lecture halls and no classes taught by TAs. We know your interests and build the curriculum and classes around them.
    Our curriculum is flexible and open: nearly 3 out of 4 of our students double-major or complete at least one minor. Philosophy brings perspective, innovation, and critical thinking skills to your studies in other areas.


    • Kenan Hunter '18 

      The Philosophy and Religious Studies major taught me how to think critically and helped me develop reasoning skills which I use daily working in television. I find that the skills taught are easily transferable to a variety of careers. Further, the faculty were very supportive and instrumental in guiding me towards career development and growth as an individual during my time at Marymount.

      Kenan Hunter ’18

      Class of 2018, Double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Digital Media and Video Production

      Meet Kenan
    •    Sabrina Sooknanan '19  

      The best thing I ever did in my academic career was declaring a major in Philosophy. I am proof that the skills you learn in your Philosophy major will be vital and transferable to all industries. Majoring in Philosophy provided me the confidence to ask fundamental questions and encouraged me to dig deeper into human thinking. Following my studies at MMC, I began my Master’s in Media Management at The New School and furthered my work experience in all types of industries (legal, music, non-profit). I remember interviewing for my current position at a tech company and the co-founder asked me about my Philosophy degree. Discussing my critical thinking skills and showcasing my curiosity for the human condition and its relationship to the digital world made me stand out from other candidates. The PHIL/RS department prepared me to look at all sides, develop effective strategy through argumentation, and engage with important issues.

      Sabrina Sooknanan ’19

      Class of 2019, Double major in Philosophy and Religious Studies and Business, Social Entrepreneurship concentration

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    Careers and Outcomes

    job titles

    • Actor
    • Attorney (Entertainment, Divorce)
    • Client Services Manager (Music Industry)
    • College Professor
    • High School Teacher
    • Investment Banker
    • Production Coordinator
    • Singer/Songwriter
    • Writer/Producer
    • Yoga Instructor/Holistic Therapist


    • Action Group Network
    • L.A. Tech and Media Law
    • TD Securities
    • Vice Media

    graduate schools

    • Columbia University
    • CUNY Graduate Center
    • George Mason School of Law
    • Indiana University School of Medicine
    • London School of Economics
    • The New School
    • Princeton University
    • Seton Hall University Law School
    • The University of Chicago
    • Villanova University School of Law

    Philosophy and Religious Studies Alumna Kenan Hunter ’18 Makes Forbes 30 Under 30

    Forbes 30 Under 30 is an annual set of lists issued by Forbes magazine recognizing business and entrepreneurial figures across nearly two dozen industries. According to Forbes, “Hunter boasts extensive experience creating innovative, simple and powerful consumer marketing and digital advertising for TV series, film and streaming services.”

    Learn more about Kenan Hunter

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