Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is a tool for examining your basic beliefs, confronting the challenges of others’ beliefs, and arriving at independent decisions. In the Department of Philosophy, you’ll develop your ability to think critically about complex and varied topics; to argue persuasively and logically; to ask the right questions when faced with new information or situations; to communicate ideas effectively, both in speech and in writing; and to present knowledge and arguments in an organized fashion.


We offer a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in philosophy. In addition to a wide range of elective courses, you’ll gain the skills employers deem most important: critical thinking, excellent verbal and written communication, and teamwork skills.


The faculty in the Department of Philosophy is comprised of accomplished experts and scholars who match their passion for philosophy with a dedication to teaching and mentoring. Their areas of interest include critical theory in the European tradition, linguistic meanings, Thomas Aquinas, Catholic intellectual tradition, and philosophy as a way of life.


You’ll find our philosophy alumnae achieving great things all over the country, and as part of the Saint Mary’s sisterhood, they serve as valuable professional connections. Our graduates have pursued advanced degrees at Columbia University, Illinois Institute of Technology, the University of Notre Dame, and Yale University. With a degree in philosophy, you’ll be well prepared for graduate school, as well as a diverse range of careers.