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.

Program Highlights

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

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:

  • Education
  • Healthcare
  • Law
  • Social and criminal justice
  • Chaplaincy
  • Ministry
  • Journalism

For a complete list of professional applications, visit "What Can I Do With Major?". For additional information about how Saint Martin’s can help you find the career for you, visit our Career Center.



  • Three semester hours of lower-division coursework
  • 15 semester hours of upper-division courses
PHL 201Introduction to Philosophy


Select five courses from the following:

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