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Hampshire College
4 years
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Program description


Studying philosophy at Hampshire allows students to complete substantial groundwork within the history of Western philosophy, while at the same time engaging in dialogue with other traditions and perspectives.

Through Hampshire's classes, students become versed in the work of philosophers representing a wide range of cultural and historical backgrounds, and develop abilities to analyze, articulate, construct, and criticize philosophical arguments.

Philosophy courses are also utilized to strengthen an understanding of the law, gender studies, religion, psychology, social justice, and history or to supplement a focus in studio arts or film.

Program content

Sample First-Year Course

Love, Sex, and Death

This class examines conceptions of love, sex, and death, and how they influence both our private and public lives. We will discuss some of the philosophical literature on the natures of love, sex, and death, and contemporary issues such as same-sex marriage, pornography, prostitution, and abortion. Philosophy is more than a subject matter, it is a way of thinking, asking questions, and evaluating answers to them. The aims of this course are not political but philosophical: to teach you to examine critically these issues and arguments, and to formulate and defend your own views on these topics. These topics are controversial for a reason: there are no easy answers. Assignments will consist of a series of short papers, and an independent project.

Sample Courses at Hampshire

  • Philosophy as a Way of Life
  • Other Minds
  • Moral Philosophy
  • The Global War on Terror: New Legal and Philosophical Frameworks
  • Ethics, Aesthetics, Politics, and the Concept of Address
  • Freewill and Determinism
  • Identity Beyond Identity Politics
  • Kant and German Idealism
  • Philosophy of Education
  • Introduction to Metaphysics
  • The Philosophy of Ludwig Wittgenstein
  • Intro to Political Philosophy: Politics, Recognition and Exclusion
  • Contemporary French Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy, Relativism and Truth
  • Environmental Ethics
  • Philosophies of Modern and Contemporary Art
  • Science and Religion: The History and Philosophy of an Uneasy Relationship
  • The Philosophy & Science of Happiness

Through the Consortium

  • Ancient Philosophy (AC)
  • Buddhist Philosophy (SC)
  • Feminism and Knowledge (MHC)
  • The Greek Period (MHC)
  • Kant (UMass)
  • The Meaning of Life (SC)
  • Metaphysics (UMass)
  • Philosophy for Children (MHC)
  • Plato (AC)
  • Problems in Social Thought (UMass)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the college website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition fees per semester: $25,500

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Hampshire College

Hampshire College is a small liberal arts college located in Amherst, Massachusetts that has been at the forefront of progressive higher education in the United States for over 50 years. Every Hampshire student designs a customized program of study in...

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Hampshire College

West Street
01002 Amherst Massachusetts
United States of America

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