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Philosophy Major

The history of ideas is the best way to describe our approach to philosophy. And while we stress the fundamentals of philosophical thought by studying its history, we also pursue cutting edge issues around ethics, Asian thought, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of psychology.

We have some of the best and the brightest students in our major because they are attracted to our strengths: thinking and dialogue. If you think you can handle the truth, we can help you develop the mental tools you need to find it.

Philosophy professor Tony Cunningham organized a recreation of the famous fresco "School of Athens" on the steps of the Sacred Heart Chapel featuring faculty, staff, and students from CSB/SJU. Read the full story.

Opportunities & News

Are you a current Philosophy major or thinking of becoming one?  Click here to open planning sheet to help chart your course path.

Read what one of our alums has to say about her philosophy degree

CSB/SJU Philosophy Professor Charles Wright spent four weeks in the summer of 2016 as a National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH) Summer Scholar

Senior CSB/SJU philosophy major, Hannah Kangas, spent part of the summer of 2016 in San Diego participating in the Summer Program for Women in Philosophy

Are you thinking about attending a graduate program in philosophy after graduation?  If so please check out the APA Grad Guide to gather ideas and start planning.

Congratulations to current SJU philosophy major William Harren on being named a 2016 CSB Robert & Marie Jackson Fellow!

Rachel Maddow talks to David Letterman on the importance of philosophy.

Interested in a career in law? Consider a philosophy major. Philosophy majors score extremely well on the LSAT. Please contact Assistant Professor & Pre-Law Advisor John Houston if you have any questions.

"The Power of Philosophy": Graphs showing comparative GRE, LSAT & GMAT Scores as well as Salaries and Salary Growth by Undergraduate Major

Philosophy dominates as Best Major for GRE Scores in 2013

Check out the photos on the CSB/SJU Facebook page from our April 21, 2016, Annual World Serious of Wiffleball game. 


The mission of Philosophy Club is to facilitate philosophical discussion and debate and to provide CSB/SJU community members opportunities to improve their philosophical knowledge. We will accomplish this through colloquia, reading groups, bringing in at least one off-campus speaker per year, and taking at least one philosophy-related trip per year. Each of our meetings will also include an open forum discussion to allow students the opportunity to explore philosophical questions. We believe philosophical discourse and education in a relaxed club setting will foster wisdom for a lifetime.

Program Highlights

The Philosophy Department is known for its excellent teaching. Four members of our department have won the Bob Spaeth and Mary Grell teaching awards, the highest per capita percentage of any department.

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Dennis Beach 
Philosophy Department
SJU Quad 362B

Laura Schmitz
Department Coordinator
Philosophy Department
SJU Quad 362D