Department of Philosophy Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Binghamton University, State University of New York

Department of Philosophy Harpur College of Arts and Sciences Binghamton University, State University of New York

Vestal, NY
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2 Degrees Offered
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M.A. and Ph.D. degree programs open new frontiers for applied philosophy

Binghamton University's degree programs in philosophy offer an intimate, challenging, and unique environment for study. The program typically has around 35 graduate students enrolled at any given time, and the Department of Philosophy consists of 14 accomplished professors whose expertise spans continents and millennia.

The MA degree program requires 32 credits of graduate coursework, and can function as an effective stepping stone for students wishing to pursue doctoral programs in the future. The curriculum is also relevant to other fields, and can be specially customized for those aiming toward careers in business, law, and more.

The PhD degree program requires 24 credits beyond the MA degree program and is also open to students entering with only a previous BA degree in philosophy. Graduates of the program are prepared to teach at the college level and participate in research and publishing within the field.

The SPEL program: a pragmatic focus

Binghamton University's curriculum is guided by SPEL, which stands for social, political, ethical, and legal philosophy. Knowledge of the world's philosophical traditions is combined with a focus on the practical ways in which they inform the actions of nations, cultures, and individuals.

Contemporary relevance

Topics covered in SPEL include issues of national and international importance. Feminist philosophies, critical race theory, relativism, environmental ethics, and human rights are just some areas in which the faculty publish research and contribute to ongoing conversations. The department attempts to integrate continental perspectives alongside Anglo-American approaches, and encourages interdisciplinary investigations of art, literature, and history.

Examples of faculty member publications

Anthony Preus, distinguished teaching professor of philosophy, specializes in the western tradition of Plato and Aristotle. But in addition to editing scholastic works on ancient Greek philosophy, he studies how ancient thinkers related their beliefs to politics and the underlying issues of democratic, oligarchic, and tyrannical governments.

Nicole Hassoun is associate professor of philosophy, and she explores social and political issues including foreign aid, free trade, globalism, poverty, and environmentalism. She teaches courses on systems of law, justice, and the ethical dilemmas of modern social institutions. Her work has also been published in American and European journals dedicated to economics and political science.

Melissa Zinkin, associate professor of philosophy, delves deep into moral philosophy and the imagination. Her work has included studies of aesthetics, film, and art, demonstrating the inclusive nature of modern academic scholarship.

Opening doors after graduation

In recent years many articles have defended philosophy -- not for providing the intellectual elite an oasis from pop culture and consumerism -- but as practical training for career opportunities. Philosophy majors typically score among the very highest on GREs and other exams, and many industries are cognizant of this trend. Employment opportunities in business and law require reasoning, logic, ethics, and flexibility of thinking in novel situations.

Location & Contact

Department of Philosophy

Harpur College of Arts and Sciences
Binghamton University, State University of New York

4400 Vestal Parkway East
Vestal, NY 13850
United States

Dr. Maxim Pensky


Phone: 607-777-4163

Ms. Kishan Zuber

Recruiting and Admissions Coordinator

Phone: 607-777-2151
Fax: 607-777-2501

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Degrees & Award

  • Degrees Offered
    • Major Degree Levels Offered
    • Philosophy Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)
      Master of Arts (MA)
  • Degrees Awarded
    • Master's Degrees Not reported
    • Doctoral Degrees Not reported
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported
    • * Shows the number of degrees awarded for the last academic year that data was reported.
  • Earning Your Degree
    • Part-time study available? Not reported
    • Evening/weekend programs available? Not reported
    • Distance learning programs available? No
    • Terminal master's degree available? Not reported
  • Degree Requirements
    • Master's Degrees
    • Doctoral Degrees
    • First Professional Degrees Not reported
    • Other Advanced Degrees Not reported


  • Acceptance Rate
    • Applied Not Reported
    • Accepted Not Reported
    • Acceptance Rate Not Reported
    • Enrolled Not Reported
  • Applying
    • Application Fee - Domestic $75
    • Application Fee - International $75
    • Electronic applications accepted? Yes
    • Applications processed on a rolling basis? Yes
  • Application Deadlines
    • Type Domestic International Priority Date
    • Fall deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Winter deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
    • Spring deadline Not Reported Not Reported Not Reported
  • Entrance Requirements
    • Master's DegreesGRE General Test, writing sample
    • Doctoral's DegreesGRE General Test, writing sample
    • First-Professional's DegreesNot Reported
    • Other Advanced DegreesNot Reported
    • International DegreesTOEFL required, 550 paper based, TOEFL iBT

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition & Fees *
    • Tuition & FeesNot Reported
    • *Average dollar amount (tuition & fees) required to complete the degree
  • Financial Support
    • Financial award applicants must submitFAFSA
    • Application deadlines for financial awardsFebruary 15
    • Types of financial support availableTuition Waivers, Career or Field-Related Internships, Federal Work-Study, Health Care Benefits, Institutionally-sponsored Loans, Scholarship and/or loans, Graduate Assistantships

Student Body

  • Gender
    • Total Graduate Students0
    • Female Percentage0%
    • Male Percentage0%
  • Participation
    • Total Graduate Students0
    • Part-time Percentage0%
    • Full-time Percentage100%
  • Ethnicity
    • Hispanic / LatinoNot Reported
    • Black / African AmericanNot Reported
    • White / CaucasianNot Reported
    • American Indian / Alaskan NativeNot Reported
    • AsianNot Reported
    • Native Hawaiian / Other Pacific IslanderNot Reported
    • Two or more racesNot Reported
    • UnknownNot Reported


  • Faculty Breakout
    • Total Faculty17
    • Full-time Percentage82%
    • Part-time Percentage18%
    • Female Percentage35%
    • Male Percentage65%




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