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Philosophy Major

Discover a path of critical inquiry with philosophy.

This program offers a comprehensive survey of key figures and themes in the history of philosophy, while also allowing you to delve into specific areas of interest. Whether you’re considering graduate studies, a career in philosophy, law, ministry, or other vocations requiring a strong philosophical foundation, this major equips you with a versatile skill set.

At Saint Mary’s, you’ll engage with the profound thinkers of history, challenging your viewpoints and honing your analytical skills. Through close reading and critical questioning, you’ll unravel the intricate tapestry of human thought. Embracing the essence of lifelong learning, this major encourages you to become a scholar committed to continuous intellectual growth and transformation.

Our Philosophy major doesn’t just involve reading; it involves deep reflection. You’ll explore central themes that have captivated philosophers for centuries, gaining insight into human existence and the broader scope of knowledge. By practicing the art of constructing and evaluating arguments, you’ll develop essential skills for various career paths and a more enriched life perspective.

This program nurtures logical reasoning, problem-solving, and effective communication of ideas. As you assess your reasoning and values, you’ll broaden your horizons while staying rooted in Saint Mary’s Lasallian Catholic values. This education provides you with the tools to lead ethically and serve as a thoughtful leader in your chosen field.

Embrace the challenge of this academic journey and navigate the philosophical landscape that has shaped human understanding. At Saint Mary’s, we’re committed to fostering not only intellectual growth but also a pragmatic approach to applying philosophical insights in the modern world.

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Program Highlights

  • Our philosophy major creates a foundation for lifelong learning by encouraging you to seek the truth and improve your critical thinking skills.
  • Consider this program if you are interested in pursuing application to law school.
  • Personalize your journey with 19 different minors. Learn more.

What You'll Learn

  • Critical thinking skills for analysis and construction of arguments
  • Awareness of how culture is influenced by intellectual pursuits
  • Familiarity with fundamental questions of perennial significance
  • Ability to dialogue with multiple perspectives
  • Recognition of how principles undergird behavior


Your journey towards a brighter future starts here. Whether you’re a high school graduate starting your college search — or a transfer student eager to find the perfect fit — Saint Mary’s is committed to helping you find your place in the world.

Course Catalog

Career Outlook

Prepare for various careers and vocations such as education, theology, law, Christian ministry and service, publishing, healthcare, and marketing. You could even pursue a career as a campus or hospital chaplain, social justice advocate, or missionary worker.

Writers and Authors

$69,510 per year1

High school teacher

$61,820 per year2

Job Growth3

News and Information from the School of Health and Humanities


¹Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, Writers and Authors at (visited Aug. 15, 2023). 

²Bureau of Labor Statistics, Occupational Outlook Handbook, High School Teachers at (visited Aug. 15, 2023). 

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