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Philosophy students at Mount St. Mary's University.

Philosophy

Philosophy

Organizations today are looking for people who can communicate effectively, think critically and ethically influence others. A background in philosophy is perfectly suited to build these skills that can benefit those in career paths from law to marketing and economics to education.

College of Liberal Arts

The undergraduate degree in philosophy is part of the College of Liberal Arts, which is about making connections freely—exploring human achievement, examining the past critically and discovering ways to build upon it, and understanding yourself and our diverse world in order to transform it.

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  • Undergraduate Major
  • Undergraduate Minor
  • Certificate
  • Graduate Program
  • Accelerated Undergraduate
  • Adult Undergraduate
  • Special Program

About the major.

With a philosophy degree from the Mount, you’ll be prepared to pursue careers that span numerous disciplines and fields. You’ll explore the foundations of philosophy, learning how to ask questions and evaluate answers concerning the nature of truth, the value of knowledge, the relationship between faith and reason, and the nature of human excellence.

Courses will cover logic and how to build persuasive arguments, and you’ll be challenged to think deeply about fundamental questions of human life. You’ll also study moral philosophy and learn to develop your own well-reasoned judgments on the critical questions you will face, both personally and professionally, and be prepared for complex, moral decision-making. The program concludes with a senior seminar, where you’ll read, analyze and discuss a philosophical work, then create a multi-draft research paper of publishable quality.

Upon graduation, you’ll be able to pursue a career as a public policy analyst with a government agency, join a nonprofit as an administrator, go into marketing, communication or education, or even be prepared for law or graduate school.

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Brigid Flay Mount St. Mary's Class of 2017

My philosophy major at the Mount was crucial to my development as a student and as a person. Philosophy helps you form critical thinking and logic skills that no other major can develop quite as well, and these skills were incredibly valuable to me in my undergraduate studies, continue to be valuable in my master’s studies, and in life in general.

Brigid Flay, C'17 Pursuing a master's degree in International Trade and Economic Diplomacy, Middlebury Institute of International Studies

Where philosophy majors go.

Mount graduates with a degree in philosophy have joined organizations such as:

  • Teach for America
  • KPMG
  • Reingold, Inc. Communications and Marketing
  • Zayo Group

And are pursuing graduate degrees at institutions such as:

  • University of Chicago
  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies
  • Catholic University of America School of Law
  • University of Notre Dame Law School
  • University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Top 10% The Mount is in the top 10% of colleges and universities nationwide in terms of the long-term earnings for a four-year college degree.

About the minor.

A philosophy minor from the Mount can pair with virtually any major, improving your critical thinking and ethical decision making skills. Combine with an economics major to pursue a career developing monetary policy, a communication major to become a truth-seeking journalist, or an entrepreneurship major as you try to solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.

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Department goals

The study of philosophy is central to a Catholic liberal-arts education, which is dedicated to the pursuit of truth and the formation of students in Christian humanism. Courses in the Philosophy Department seek (1) to cultivate critical reasoning skills, including the capacity to synthesize and integrate knowledge; (2) to impart knowledge of and foster respect for the history of philosophy; and (3) in conversation with the Catholic intellectual tradition, (i) to stimulate in students a love of wisdom, manifest in a desire to know themselves and engage in ongoing reflection on questions central to the human condition; and (ii) to prepare students to carefully reflect on and respond to the various cultural forces operating on them.

The goal of cultivating critical reasoning is addressed by a course in logic, by the teaching of the principles of logic in the core curriculum, and by an emphasis on the analysis of arguments in all philosophy courses. The goal of fostering an informed appreciation of the history of philosophy is addressed through the historically focused approach taken in core and elective courses. The goal of cultivating a love of wisdom and the habit of reflection on the human condition is fostered in all philosophy courses through reasoned examination of the nature of the human person, the goods humans appropriately value, the principles governing their conduct, and their relation to the wider world, their fellow human beings and God. Through its minor and major, the department further addresses these goals by providing opportunities for advanced course work and preparation for graduate studies.

In keeping with its central role in the liberal arts tradition, philosophy promotes the integration of learning by exploring its relationship to other academic disciplines and professional pursuits. By developing the skills of reasoning, reading, writing and dialogue, the department contributes to the achievement of foundational aims of the core curriculum and prepares students for responsible citizenship in a democratic society and global community.

Tolle Lege

Tolle Lege is a student journal of theology and philosophy published annually, at the end of the fall semester. Essays written by any student of the university on any topic in theology or philosophy are considered for publication. The journal takes both its name and its inspiration from St. Augustine, in whose thought theology and philosophy are merged in a unified search for truth.

Current Edition – 2022

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Meet Our Faculty

Thane Naberhaus

Thane Naberhaus

Department Chair / Associate Professor

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Richard Buck

Richard Buck

Associate Professor

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Christopher Anadale

Christopher Anadale

Associate Professor

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Scott Coley

Scott Coley

Lecturer

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John Hersey

John Hersey

Assistant Professor

5/10
Joshua Hochschild

Joshua Hochschild

Professor

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Jessy Jordan

Jessy Jordan

Associate Professor

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Justin Matchulat

Justin Matchulat

Associate Professor

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Stephen McGinley

Stephen McGinley

Lecturer

9/10
Michael Miller

Michael Miller

Associate Professor

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