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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
  • 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
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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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