Philosophy Program (minor)
Department overview • Philosophy (m.) • Saint Martin's Debate
What is the Philosophy Program?
Philosophy surveys the history of human thought and studies the deepest
concerns of human existence. It examines the intellectual heritage of the West
in its historical roots and developments, but also addresses the central
problems of the tradition in a systematic fashion, thereby giving the student a
deeper insight into a significant aspect of his or her cultural heritage.
Why study philosophy at Saint Martin's?
At Saint Martin’s, the study of philosophy is rich in the tradition of
rigorous inquiry around the nature of reality and existence. Participants in the
Philosophy Program are:
- Encouraged to challenge their own perspectives as a method for increasing
their understanding of the world.
- Offered extracurricular activities such as
Saint Martin's Debate, which gives the students
the opportunity to hone their critical thinking and communication skills in a fun and supportive
What can I do with this minor?
A minor in philosophy complements a variety of major areas of study
- Religious studies
- Criminal justice
- Women's studies
Graduates are prepared with the skills to examine all situations from social and ethical perspectives.
This skill benefits any career path, but is especially well-suited to such professions as:
- Social and criminal justice
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- Three semester hours of lower-division coursework
- PHL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
- 15 semester hours of upper-division courses such as:
- PHL 301 Ethics
- PHL 313 Philosophy of Being
Visit the undergraduate academic catalog for a
complete breakdown of philosophy courses and requirements.
Note: All Saint Martin's students must complete the University's
general education requirements.
Related fields of study
Religious studies (M., m.) | English (M., m.)
| Criminal Justice (M,. m.) | Social justice (m.)
| Communications studies (M., m.) | International relations (m.) |
History (M., m.) | Political science (M., m.)