Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy


The major in philosophy enables you to think critically, ask essential questions, and discover fundamental truths about human life and existence.

Philosophy is the study of fundamental issues such as reality, existence, and values. As philosophy majors, students will study philosophical issues in their historical contexts. Students majoring in philosophy often choose a double major in English, history, psychology, science, sociology, or theology.

At a Glance

  • Particularly strong in the area of history of philosophy and ethics, both of which grapple with enduring questions of human life.
  • Ease of combining the major with a professional major, enabling students to incorporate greater critical thinking and writing in such careers as business and medicine.


Philosophy course highlights include human nature and ethics, metaphysics, philosophy of knowledge, and the moral self. Additionally, the philosophy major includes two semesters of foreign language study and requires the additional completion of a 20-credit minor in another academic field.

minor in philosophy is available and requires students to take a 4-credit course in philosophy and ethics and 16 credits in electives.


Christopher Callaway
Christopher CallawayChair, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Director of Honors Program
PhD, Saint Louis University MA, Baylor University MDiv, Samford University BA, Auburn University
James Kintz
James KintzAssistant Professor of Philosophy
PhD, Saint Louis University MA, Loyola Marymount University BA, Lindenwood University


The degree program will prepare students for entry into many different occupations and is particularly suited to careers in teaching, law, government, foreign services, and politics.