Philosophy

Saint Louis University’s philosophy program is rooted in the basic Catholic belief that all human experience reveals the existence and nature of God and speaks to the dignity and value of all human beings. The philosophy department at SLU is distinguished by a long-standing tradition of pluralism in both methodology and interest.

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SLU philosophy students present in the 360 Learning Studio.


Major in Philosophy

If you choose to major in philosophy at SLU, you’ll learn to understand, explain and evaluate lines of reasoning. You will be educated in the history of philosophy, contemporary philosophical debate and the Catholic heritage. You'll also gain an appreciation for the Western philosophical tradition, a spirit of intellectual inquiry and a lifelong desire for wisdom.

SLU offers several options for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a degree in philosopy. The Department of Philosophy in SLU's College of Arts and Sciences offers a B.A.  that offers three concentrations:

  • Historical philosophy
  • Health sciences
  • Society and law

Students who are interested in a future in areas of ministry and service to the Church can also pursue a degree in philosophy through SLU's College of Philosophy and Letters

You’ll be able to enrich your education through visiting scholars, lectures, conferences, reading groups and graduate student talks. You may also have the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Frankfurt in Germany through the philosophy department's exchange program.

Curriculum
  • PHIL 1050: Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics
  • PHIL 4040: Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 4400: History of Ancient Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 4500: History of Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 4600: History of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 4880: Senior Inquiry
Internships and Careers

An undergraduate degree in philosophy prepares you for any number of career options in which clear, concise communication and analytic reasoning is needed. Philosophy majors also often excel on entrance exams for professional programs, making it a firm foundation for future studies in law, business or medicine.

Faculty

SLU’s philosophy department faculty members have gained national and international recognition in the areas of medieval philosophy, philosophy of religion, ethics, and social and political philosophy.

Minor in Philosophy 

SLU's Department of  Philosophy also offers a minor in philosophy that can be completed with 18 credit hours. The minor requires the following courses: 

  • PHIL 1050 Introduction to Philosophy (3 credit hours)
  • PHIL 2050 Ethics (3 credit hours)
  • Four courses at the 3000 or 4000 level (12 credit hours)

On-Campus Resources

Home to Res Philosophica

Philosophy students have access to SLU's Vatican Microfilm Library, the finest resource in the United States for research in medieval and renaissance studies, as well as Res Philosophica, an international journal of philosophy edited by members of SLU's philosophy department.