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Philosophy, B.A. (Madrid)

Why major in philosophy? There are at least two reasons. Philosophy dives beneath life’s surface, so if you want to think deeply, philosophy is for you. Philosophy is doubly for you if you want to develop skills that will help you in the job market: clear writing, insightful research, careful analysis and critical thinking.

Philosophy at SLU-Madrid

Major in Philosophy

To earn a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy, you will study at both of Saint Louis University's campuses: Madrid and St. Louis. One semester of study in St. Louis is required.

For almost two centuries, Saint Louis University has promoted philosophical thinking in the Jesuit-Catholic tradition. SLU-Madrid offers a full range of courses in philosophy, including courses on Spanish philosophy, medical ethics, business ethics, the meaning of life, and Latin American philosophy.

Courses that fulfill the university’s liberal arts core requirements count toward both the philosophy major and minor and enhance the study-abroad experience for visiting students.

Highlighted Courses

The philosophy major requires 120 credit hours of coursework, including 30 credit hours of philosophy coursework. The standard or general philosophy major provides students with a solid foundation in critical philosophical thinking while leaving significant room to focus on their personal interests in philosophy.

There are 10 required courses (all courses listed are 3 credits each):

  • PHIL 1050: Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality
  • PHIL 2050: Ethics
  • PHIL 4040: Symbolic Logic (available at the St. Louis Campus)
  • PHIL 4880: Senior Inquiry

Two courses with the History of Philosophy attribute, such as:

  • PHIL 4400: History of Ancient Philosophy (available at the St. Louis Campus)
  • PHIL 4500: Medieval Philosophy (available at the St. Louis Campus)
  • PHIL 4550: Topics in Medieval Philosophy (available at the St. Louis Campus)
  • PHIL 4600: History of Modern Philosophy (available at the St. Louis Campus)

Four PHIL: Electives (two of which must be a 4000-level course or higher), such as:

  • PHIL 3360: Medical Ethics

  • PHIL 3380: Business Ethics

  •  PHIL 4310: Topics in Ethics - Applying Ethics

  • PHIL 4310: Topics in Ethics - Ethics and Animals

  • PHIL 4350: Survey of Social and Political Philosophy

  • PHIL 4740: Philosophy of Karl Marx

  • PHIL 4750: Latin American Philosophy

  • PHIL 4760: Spanish Philosophy

  • PHIL 4850: Special Topics - Philosophy and the Meaning of Life

  • PHIL 4850: Special Topics - Value, Mind, and God

Students may also choose a special concentration within the philosophy major: Historical, Health Sciences, or Society and Law.

Internships and Careers

The study of philosophy will prepare you for any field where clear, concise communication and analytic reasoning is needed. Studies in philosophy help students prepare for entrance exams for professional programs, as well as provide a firm foundation for future studies in law, business or medicine.


Individual professors have strong records of scholarly achievement in many areas of philosophy, including ethics and socio-political philosophy.

Tuition and Fees

SLU-Madrid is committed to providing quality Jesuit education at an affordable price. Tuition rates at the Madrid Campus are approximately 40 percent lower than comparable private universities in the U.S.

If you have questions or would like to speak with a financial aid officer, email us at

2018-2019 Tuition and Fees
Scholarships and Financial Aid


To apply to major in philosophy at Saint Louis University, you must have a minimum GPA of 2.0 and complete a declaration of major/minor form, available in the Madrid Office of the Registrar.

Minor in Philosophy

The philosophy minor requires students to complete 18 credit hours of coursework. The two required courses are:

  • PHIL 1050: Introduction to Philosophy: Self and Reality

The remaining 12 credit hours of coursework must be at the 3000- to 4000-level.