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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 Saint Martin's University?

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 environment.

A minor in philosophy complements a variety of major areas of study including:

  • Religious studies
  • English
  • Criminal justice
  • Women's studies

Philosophy Requirements

Lower-division courses (3 credit hours)

 PHL 201: Introduction to Philosophy

Upper-division courses (15 credit hours)

Select five courses from the following:

  • PHL 301: Ethics
  • PHL 313: Philosophy of Being
  • PHL 314: Philosophy of Nature and Science
  • PHL 333: Social Philosophy
  • PHL 341: Philosophy of the Self
  • PHL 346: Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHL 397: Directed Study

Philosophy at a Glance

Program Type
Main (Lacey)
Type of Instruction
In Person
College of Arts and Sciences
What can I do with this major?
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Career paths

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Social and criminal justice
  • Chaplaincy
  • Ministry
  • Journalism
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College of Arts and Sciences

Spanning the arts, humanities, natural sciences and social sciences, and characterized by an educational environment that is both rigorous and supportive, the College of Arts and Sciences offers 20 undergraduate major programs and 20 minor programs.