There's nothing that trains the mind like studying the major themes of human existence and knowledge that philosophers have grappled with for centuries.
The philosophy major provides a comprehensive survey of the major figures and themes in the history of philosophy and opportunities to explore specific topics in depth. Students grow in their ability to reason logically, problem-solve, and clearly explain their ideas.
A background in philosophy is an excellent preparation for a variety of career and vocational pursuits, including teaching/education, theology, law, different forms of Christian ministry/service, publishing, writing and editing, and healthcare.
This residential, four-year program is offered on our Winona Campus, with daytime classes and a full student life experience.
In addition to this and the many other majors offered at Saint Mary's, you can enhance your education with a minor in a subject that interests you.
Integrated General Education Minors (an integrated minor is required for graduation):
- Creativity and Inquiry (21-23 credits)
- Environmental Sustainability (21 credits)
- Global Diversity and Social Justice (21 credits)
- Self, Society, and the Sacred (21 credits)
Disciplinary Minors (disciplinary minors are optional): Accounting, Art, Biology, Business, Business Intelligence and Analytics, Chemistry, Computer Science, Criminal Justice, Dance, Digital Media and Journalism, English, Entrepreneurship, Environmental Biology, Geographic Information Science, Global Studies, History, Leadership, Mathematics, Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Music, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, Public Relations, Scientific Computing, Sociology, Spanish, Sport Business, Statistics, Theatre, Theology, Zoology
Providing the student with broad background in philosophy, this major offers a comprehensive survey of the major figures and themes in the history of philosophy as well as opportunities for in-depth topical studies.
For more information and course descriptions, check out our course catalog.
Applicants must submit:
Completed application form
Official high school transcript
Official Test Scores - ACT, SAT, or Classic Learning tests are accepted.
An Essay or brief personal statement. In 250 words or fewer, please tell us about: a significant experience you've had, an accomplishment or risk you have taken, a person who has made a difference in your life, a topic of concern to you, or anything else you think would help us learn more about you. You can also choose to submit a graded paper or write something new!
Letters of Recommendation are optional.
If you choose to upload a document, please make sure your file is either a Microsoft Word document (.doc or .docx), an RTF file, or a PDF file. Any other format (including Google Docs) will not load into your application.
Rolling admissions. Application review will begin upon receipt of all required application materials.
|Tuition:||$36,050 Per Year|
Additional fee for the following residences:
Village Apts., Gilmore Creek Hall $200
Bishops Hall, Brother William Hall, Hillside Hall, La Salle Hall, and Brother Leopold Hall Doubles $400
Brother Leopold Hall Singles and All Apts. $600
The Saint Mary's Difference
The heart of Saint Mary's is its people — faculty, staff, and your fellow students — who become your companions and allies on your educational journey. Here, in an intense give-and-take setting, each of us discovers just how much we can learn. You'll find, in every one of our classrooms, a person-centered education focused on your growth, your potential — because we believe that everyone deserves the chance to make an impact, to change the world around them.