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Philosophy — “love of wisdom” — deepens our understanding of life and enhances our sense of wonder at things we may take for granted. It also helps us ask foundational questions about reality and the nature and purpose of human life. The critical thinking skills you'll develop as a philosophy major are highly sought by corporations and government agencies. Medical, professional and legal organizations value employees with the knowledge to address the complex social and ethical problems facing the world today. One major, three tracks — history of philosophy, ethics and values, and social, political and legal philosophy.

Choose a major.

Concentrate on the works of the greatest philosophers to understand the roots of our intellectual traditions with history of philosophy. Focus on the nature of law, government and culture with social, political and legal philosophy. Confront the moral questions that face us by taking courses in ethics and values.

Develop a strong base.

Through your philosophy major elective courses, you can investigate medical ethics, art and beauty, law, business ethics, human free will, and language.

Get a head start.

If you're looking to go on to law school, a philosophy major is a great way to start. Students at Marquette can pursue a B.A. and M.A. at the same time, finishing both in only five years.

"To beat the market, hire a philosopher."

According to The New York Times, "Philosophy is one fundamental area of study that has found a new role in the high-tech world. ... In an information-based economy, people who can think conceptually are more and more valuable."

Philosophy is practical.

Read and respond to challenging texts written throughout history. Develop the tools to analyze, develop, support and refute arguments. Express yourself clearly and concisely in speech and writing. Think through complex issues carefully and thoroughly. Marquette's philosophy major can be used in a variety of ways.

Aquinas lecture.

Encounter current philosophical research through the Philosophy Department’s annual colloquium series — the highlight of which is the annual Aquinas Lecture featuring distinguished philosophers from around the world. As a philosophy major, you'll participate in a wide variety of department activities aimed at furthering the undergraduate experience.

Suggested curriculum

Major courses are bolded.


  • Logic
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Rhetoric and Composition I & II
  • Growth of Western Civilization I or II
  • Science and Nature Elective
  • Foreign Language I & II


  • Philosophy Elective
  • Theory of Ethics
  • Introduction to Theology
  • Literature Elective
  • Mathematical Reasoning Elective
  • Foreign Language III & IV
  • Social-behavioral Science Elective


  • Three Philosophy Courses in Your Track
  • Diverse Cultures Elective
  • Theology Elective
  • Electives


  • Three Philosophy Electives
  • Senior Experience
  • Electives


You might like the Philosophy major if you

✓ Enjoy debate and civil argumentation

✓ Like tackling questions with difficult answers

✓ Have a logical and creative mind

What can you do with a major in Philosophy?

Philosophy majorMany of our graduates go on to earn master's and doctoral degrees and teach philosophy at the college level. Some notable graduates teach at Providence College, Ohio University, Villanova University, St. Louis University, Fordham University — and Marquette. Other graduates work in the fields of law, medicine, political science, theology, history, literature and social work.

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