The major in Philosophy provides sound training for those who anticipate graduate work in the field or wish to acquire a general and comprehensive knowledge of the basic historical and systematic themes in philosophy. The majors in Ethics, Social and Political Philosophy and in Philosophy and Public Policy are intended for students who have a specific concern with questions of value as they apply to individuals, society, and public policy. These majors, in different ways, provide a broad outlook on these problems and attempted solutions to them, but should not in general be considered the best preparation for graduate work in philosophy. These majors, will, however, serve as a good liberal arts base for careers in government, the law, or social service.
The minor in Philosophy, open to any UMass Boston student, offers students the opportunity to build a concentration in this field while pursuing another major.