Philosophy Major

Why philosophy?

Are you interested in the most significant questions of the human experience, such as the existence of God, the standard of right and wrong, or how knowledge is possible? Do you find yourself drawn to debate and rational analysis, or ask questions about how things work, or why things are done the way they are? Are you interested in questions informed by a variety of academic disciplines? If so, philosophy might be the right major for you.

What more will you learn?

The study of philosophy will foster your ability to think clearly, to examine assumptions, to write and communicate effectively, to live as an ethical citizen, and to flourish as a human being. Courses emphasize an interactive approach to learning, where discussion and feedback from professors is of paramount importance. Philosophy has natural connections with other disciplines, which makes it ideal to pair with another major or minor.


  • Majors have the option of pursuing one of four tracks: history of philosophy; social-political/ philosophy of law; philosophy of mind, language, science; and philosophy of religion.
  • The major requires 10 courses, allowing students to choose a second major or minor.

Where might magis lead you?

The analytical problem-solving abilities and communication skills that the program emphasizes are valuable in business, law and medicine. It is no accident that philosophy majors have historically scored among the highest of any major nationally on the LSAT—the standardized admissions test for law school–and second only to engineering on the GRE— the standardized test for graduate school. Pre-law advisors rate Philosophy as the very best major to prepare students for admission to law schools and for the academic success in law school. Illustrating this trend, Saint Joseph’s Philosophy alumni have attended a number of the nation’s top law schools and graduate programs, and have also been hired by prestigious financial firms and nonprofit organizations.