Learn Outside the Classroom

Student/Faculty Research Opportunities

You will work closely with faculty members on developing presentations for the college’s annual Ignatian Scholarship Day, and on specialized projects and research as part of the philosophy thesis.   Students have even applied classic philosophical concepts in modern day applications such as film and pop culture.  They have also explored modern day issues of ethics, social injustice, and poverty that have come out of classroom discussions and independent thought.  Examples of recent work include: 

  • “Choosing My Destruction: the Ideological Interpellation of Subjects and the Spirit of Individualism” – Hunter Dudkiewicz with Tanya Loughead, PhD
  • “Meaningless Dialogue: A Critique of Modern Society” – Matthew Kielich with Richard Perkins, PhD
  • “God in Transcendental Thomism” – Kevin Scott with Michael Forest, PhD
  • The Utilization of the Physical Sciences to Describe Race -- Michael McClurkin with Devonya Havis, PhD
  • “Philosophical Therapy” - Conor McMahon with John Zeis, PhD 

Community-Based Learning Opportunities

Ethics and justice classes inside the philosophy program contain a community-based learning component that can be directed by your interests and specific classes.  Whether it’s working in human services organizations or working in such movements as Occupy Buffalo and exploring socio-economic issues, you will find many opportunities to explore ideas in the classroom in real-world settings.

Post-graduate work

Most philosophy majors dual major with another program to create a well-rounded educational experience for themselves that helps them develop satisfying careers.  Philosophy is a great addition to study in medicine, sciences, law, sociology, education, theology… even business and financial industry due to its concentration on ethics, morals and justice.  Our graduates work at places such as Buffalo General Hospital, other colleges and universities in a variety of capacities (including as philosophy professors), the Buffalo Board of Education, Catholic Charities, the Diocese of Buffalo, IBM and a variety of health care organizations. 

Some of our students perform a year of service for AmeriCorps or the Jesuit Volunteer Corps before pursuing career or post-graduate work opportunities.  If you want to teach philosophy at the college or university level, the philosophy major at Canisius is a great first step towards a PhD which is usually required to teach at that level.