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Philosophy Undergraduate Major

“All humans, by nature, desire to know,” claimed Aristotle.

At Mount Mary University, the philosophy program engages your innate desire to know through courses that are part of the university’s core curriculum, majors or minors. The philosophy program emphasizes reasoning, reflection, an awareness of the whole, and a sensitivity to different experiences, opinions and beliefs, especially those of women.

Diverse Career Opportunities

Marsha Thrall

Marsha Thrall

Philosophy ’12

Graduate Student, Garrett Seminary

“Doing philosophy has helped me to realize that in my personal search for meaning, life’s grace and beauty comes from the questions that can be asked rather than an attachment to what seems certain.”

Recent Mount Mary graduates in philosophy are employed in careers in art, education, family studies, library and information sciences, social work, theology, women’s studies and academic philosophy. A degree in philosophy can prepare you for a diverse range of careers. Discover more about creating a career with a philosophy degree.

Engaging Curriculum

Mount Mary offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy degree as well as a minor in philosophy. Philosophy courses cover topics such as history of philosophy, ethics, applications of ethics and specific issues in philosophy. The goal of every philosophy course is to engage you in your own process of questioning, critical evaluation and self-inquiry.

Philosophy Activities Outside of Class

All Mount Mary students are welcome to participate in the Philosophy Club, which hosts events throughout the academic year.

Scholarships for Philosophy Students

Thanks to the generosity of alumnae and friends of the university, philosophy scholarships are awarded to select students each year:

  • Sister Aloysia Freund Award: This award is given to a student who excels in the “Search for Meaning” course. There is no formal application for this award. The recipient does not need to be a philosophy major.
  • John Carmichael Memorial Award: This award is given to an outstanding philosophy major. Philosophy faculty members choose the recipient. There is no formal application for this award.

Learn more about scholarships at Mount Mary.

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