The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy at St. Edward’s prepares you to become an innovative, logical thinker with a wide range of marketable skills — from rational analysis and analytical thinking to critical inquiry and logical problem solving. Through the in-depth study of life’s fundamental questions, you’ll grow as an individual as you propel your professional development.
You’ll examine traditional areas of philosophy, such as logic, epistemology, political theory and religion. And you’ll delve into ethics and debate moral dilemmas across the spectrum of society, including medicine, business, the environment, public policy and law.
Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
As a BA in Philosophy major, you’ll learn to read critically, challenge assumptions and use sound reasoning to construct effective arguments. Courses include readings of classic texts that spark thought-provoking discussions and question long-held beliefs. This program encourages you to specialize and conduct research in the works of major philosophers and philosophical themes.
Many students select this degree to prepare for graduate studies in such areas as law, medicine, theology, or business. Close interaction with faculty at St. Edward’s — and time spent in classes, advising sessions and independent research projects — allows you to learn more about options for careers and graduate work.
With a BA in Philosophy degree, you’ll develop the critical thinking and analytical skills in demand in multiple fields, including business, journalism, public administration, healthcare, law, education and communications. For example, you could become a policy writer for a city agency; a content strategist for an Internet company; a book, film and movie critic for a publisher; or a fundraiser for an environmental nonprofit. With a graduate degree, you could teach at the college level.
In addition to the general education courses required of all majors, and elective courses, BA in Philosophy majors take courses from these groups:
Students who major in philosophy complete core courses, which include Logic, History of Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Theory of Knowing, Philosophy of Science and Ethical Analysis.
BA in Philosophy majors complete a supporting course in History of Christian Theology.
View the Degree Plan (PDF) for sample course information for the Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy.
In addition to an internship that may be required for your degree, St. Edward’s University offers numerous opportunities for optional internships, professional-level research and hands-on creative experiences (writing, art, music, theater and more). These activities enhance your résumé, build your confidence and skills — and give you a distinct advantage in your career and for graduate school.