The disciplines of Philosophy and Psychology have always closely interacted and informed each other. Psychologists who study the fundamental nature of the mind adopt the questions of philosophers, and also share some of the concerns of philosophers regarding the best methods to study the mind. Philosophers who study the mind rely upon the insights and discoveries of psychologists. For decades, the interaction between these disciplines has been one of the most important and fruitful sources of interdisciplinary scholarship.

Oswego's unique joint major program in Philosophy and Psychology is in the forefront of meeting student needs in this domain of interdisciplinary study. The program is dedicated to the idea that work at the interface of these two disciplines is of fundamental importance to both disciplines and to the questions they seek to answer.

Our faculty are internationally recognized researchers and teachers. We have an active community of scholarship where students are welcome and encouraged to participate.

Along with a well-rounded understanding of both the disciplines of Psychology and Philosophy, training in the Philosophy-Psychology Program will provide students with:

  •  Strong critical reasoning abilities
  • Experience applying logic and statistics
  • Laboratory experience
  • Training in a wide range of different kinds of writing

Majors and Programs

Oswego's major in Philosophy-Psychology encompasses both disciplines and how they interrelate, synthesizing two different perspectives of human understanding and creating a wider basis for effective thinking. It requires a central core of courses in philosophy and psychology, advanced studies that interrelate the two, and a senior seminar taught by both a philosopher and a psychologist.

Student Opportunities

Students in the Philosophy-Psychology program have opportunities to collaborate in research projects with faculty from both the Philosophy and Psychology departments.


The faculty of the Philosophy-Psychology program are the talented teachers, researchers and scholars of the Philosophy and Psychology departments.

Full-time faculty include:

  • Leigh Bacher
  • Pamela Brand
  • Laura Brown
  • Roger Brooks
  • Rebecca Burch
  • Robert Card
  • Jean Chambers
  • Tom Darvill
  • Craig DeLancey
  • Matthew Dykas
  • Charles Echelbarger
  • Brooks Gump
  • Christina Leclerc
  • Victor Licatese
  • Kristen Link
  • Ed Lonky
  • Rhonda Mandel
  • Jackie Reihman
  • Paul Roodin
  • David Sargent
  • John Schwoebel
  • Dorothy Shedlock
  • Bernadette Sibuma
  • Paul Stewart
  • Roger Taylor
  • J. Paul Voglewede, Jr.
  • Karen Wolford
  • K. Brad Wray
  • Stephen Wurst

After Oswego

Career prospects
Majors in the joint degree program will be well prepared for careers that require critical thinking skills, writing ability, and a good understanding of science. These are skills required for today’s most promising careers. Recent graduates have gone to work in business, state and federal government, and counseling.

Prospects for further study
Students of the joint major who seek to go to graduate school will be well positioned to study not only psychology or philosophy, but also cognitive science, counseling, and related disciplines.  Students in
recent years have gone on to study at the graduate-level law, counseling, psychology, philosophy, and other degrees.