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Philosophy Major - Boston Area

GerbertGerbert Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
edited February 2009 in College Search & Selection
I am looking at a few schools in the Boston area that have strong Philosophy programs, which include:
Tufts, Boston University, and Umass Boston

(ranked in order of current preference)

Can anyone give me some insight on the Philosophy programs in these schools, and maybe point me toward one of the three?

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Replies to: Philosophy Major - Boston Area

  • White_RabbitWhite_Rabbit Registered User Posts: 947 Member
    I don't have any personal experience with the three, but Tufts' program looks very good. They even have Daniel Dennent, one of the world's most famous living philosophers!
  • Rutgers89Rutgers89 - Posts: 275 Junior Member
    Rutgers? Ranked second in the world for grab, top 10 for undergrad.
  • GerbertGerbert Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    I have read great things about Rutgers, but it is too far away from Boston.

    White_Rabbit: You are right. He is well respected. Even though we have opposing world views, I would love to study under him.

    It is looking like Tufts would be the best out of those three. But I do not know too much about BU and Umass Boston. Do they have a strong undergraduate program?
  • southernbbqsouthernbbq - Posts: 81 Junior Member
    Boston College. The Jesuits are world renowned in Philosophy.
  • ConsolationConsolation Registered User Posts: 22,036 Senior Member
    Have you looked at The Philosophical Gourmet web site? It gives advice on picking an undergraduate department.
  • GerbertGerbert Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    southernbbq: I didn't realize that about the Jesuits. I will have to look into BC.

    Consolation: Yes I do check Phil Gourmet pretty regularly. It is is great resource.

    I have read that BU is very large, and the student/faculty ratio is very high. So that is a downside for them. Tufts is very appealing because of its small size compared to the other three schools.

    Are these assumptions correct? I plan to visit Boston early March to check out the campuses.

    Thanks for the help.
  • IBclass06IBclass06 Registered User Posts: 2,846 Senior Member
    I have read that BU is very large, and the student/faculty ratio is very high. So that is a downside for them.
    My best friend majored in philosophy at BU, had a wonderful education, got to know his professors quite well, was one of two Class speakers at graduation, and ended up at Penn Law. He had as good an undergraduate experience as my friends at St. Olaf and Davidson...don't let size throw you off.
  • GerbertGerbert Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    wow, that is very encouraging. I guess it lies a lot on the student to work hard and get to know the professors. Thanks for the input.
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