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.
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.
Undergraduate students in SLU's philosophy program can choose from three concentrations:
Society and law
Students who are interested in a future in areas of ministry and service to the Church
can pursue a degree in philosophy through SLU's College of Philosophy and Letters.
Students can also create a degree customized to their interests and professional goals.
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
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.
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.