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Philosophy Curriculum

Mount Mary offers a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy. A major in philosophy cultivates critical judgment and problem-solving skills, as well as a sensitivity to social, moral and political issues—important life skills that are helpful in any career or as preparation for advanced study. A minor in philosophy also is available.

Leda Carolson

Leda Carolson

Theology ’15

“I decided to minor in philosophy because with each class I take, I fall more and more in love with it. The philosophy professors at Mount Mary have taught me to analyze complicated issues using logic and compassion. I am confident these skills will be an asset in my professional career.”

Philosophy Courses

Philosophy majors are required to fulfill all core requirements of the university, plus 20 credits of upper level philosophy courses and a 2 credit senior independent study.

Philosophy courses cover topics such as history of philosophy, ethics, applications of ethics and specific issues in philosophy. The goal of every philosophy course is to engage you in your own process of questioning, critical evaluation and self-inquiry.

Several philosophy courses are offered as part of the university's Honors Program and study abroad programs. Courses are available in accelerated formats, as well as during the summer session and during regular semesters. All courses are taught by faculty—not by teaching assistants.

Complete degree requirements and a listing of courses are available in the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) .

Philosophy Minor

Philosophy adds an important enriching and resume-building dimension to any area of study by teaching students about intellectual depth, logical skills and ethics.

The philosophy minor requires 12 credits of upper level philosophy courses, in addition to completing the university's core requirements. Consult the Undergraduate Bulletin (PDF) for more details on requirements and courses for this minor.

Philosophy Learning Objectives

The objectives for Mount Mary's philosophy major and minor are to:

  • develop ethically reflective students capable of the self-knowledge essential to leadership and social justice
  • help students acquire a proficiency in the method of philosophical reflection and conversation
  • help students acquire an in-depth knowledge of the thought of at least four major philosophers, including at least two from different historical periods in Western philosophy and at least one from a group traditionally unrepresented in the Western Canon (such as African-American philosophers, women philosophers or Eastern philosophers)
  • give students an ability to discuss effectively the various aspects of some major philosophical issues (such as nature of the human person or the sources of morality)
  • give students who express the desire and possess the ability for graduate work in philosophy the skills and extra background necessary to apply for master's work