PHILOSOPHY

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Overview

When you major in Philosophy, you hone your critical thinking and analytical skills by studying the questions that have puzzled us for centuries. Does life have purpose? What are the origins of good and evil? What’s right and wrong? Studying and applying reason to questions like these will prepare you well for a career in a variety of areas that need strong thinkers.

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What you’ll study:


History of philosophy, contemporary moral issues, social and political philosophy, business ethics, biomedical ethics.

What you can do:


Become a philosopher, a teacher, a lawyer, a doctor or a public servant.





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You could be …

A philosopher: Median pay $63,660 per year. Philosophers try to answer some of the fundamental human questions about religion, art, free will, morality, time and space, truth and the relationship between the brain and the physical world.

A teacher: Median pay $75,430 per year (postsecondary). Postsecondary teachers instruct students in a wide variety of academic and career and technical subjects beyond the high school level. They also conduct research and publish scholarly papers and books

A lawyer: Median pay $118,160 per year. Lawyers advise and represent individuals, businesses and government agencies on legal issues and disputes (requires a law degree and passing the bar exam).

A political scientist: Median pay $114,290 per year. Political scientists study the origin, development and operation of political systems. They research political ideas and analyze governments, policies, political trends and related issues.

A doctor: Median pay $208,000 per year. Doctors diagnose and treat illnesses and injuries (requires passing the MCAT, a medical degree and three - seven years of internships and residency).

(Source: bls.gov and payscale.com)



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Contact Information

Brandon Fralix
Dr. Brandon Fralix
Division Chair, Professor
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1139
Office: Seibert Hall, Room 28
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Brandon D. Fralix

Ph.D. in English from Drew University (NJ) in 2011
Dissertation: “Cymru and the Court: The Welsh in Seventeenth Century Masques”
M.A in English from Clemson University (SC) in 2003
Thesis: “Claiming Identity: Acquiring Language in Lyly’s Gallathea”
B.A. in English from Presbyterian College (SC) in 2001

What I teach:

  • ENG 203 Survey of British Literature I
  • ENG 249 Advanced Grammar
  • WRT 106 Analytic and Argumentative Writing
  • WRT 107 Synthesis and Research Writing

I am a long time member of the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC), and the Council of Writing Program Administrators (CWPA), and I regularly present at these organization's annual conferences. Much of my research is focused on the National Census of Writing, a survey of 900 institutions of higher education that asks how writing programs are taught and administered. For this work, I have received an Andrew W. Mellon Foundation grant and the Extraordinary Service Award from the CWPA.

Subject(s): English, Philosophy
Maryanne Macaluso
Maryanne Macaluso
Division Coordinator
Phone: 973-748-9000 ext. 1276
Office: Seibert Hall, Room 16
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Subject(s): Broadcast Journalism, English, History, Philosophy, Religion

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