Philosophy

Philosophy at Carroll College

What to Expect

Are you looking for answers to the big questions of life?

Philosophy investigates the most fundamental questions facing all human beings by undertaking rigorous analysis and honest discussion of questions concerning ethics and value, justice and politics, knowledge, science, culture, beauty, love, God, and many other topics. As a philosophy major, you will be immersed in ongoing discussion about these issues. Your course of study includes a strong foundation in both the history of philosophy and contemporary philosophy. Our faculty are experts in their fields; they give you individualized attention and they maintain a sincere interest in your success. They teach you to communicate effectively in speech and writing, creatively respond to complex issues, and to form, defend, and critique arguments. Like you, they share your sincere commitments to ethics and truth.

You also will have fun and build meaningful friendships along your intellectual journey at Carroll. The philosophy department hosts many lectures and special events that you can help to organize, and Philosophy Circle meets several times a year, drawing members of the campus community together around a compelling and relevant topic.

Student Learning Outcomes

Students majoring in philosophy will:

• Analyze and evaluate important philosophical problems and positions

• Understand the historical development of philosophy and identify its main figures

• Understand normative principles and apply them to moral problems

• Cultivate and develop intellectual habits of clear thinking, critical reflection, sympathetic interpretation, and sophisticated argumentation

Life After Graduation

Philosophy is a versatile degree that can prepare you well for a wide range of careers. Some of the more common professions open to graduates with a bachelor's degree in philosophy include business, journalism, technology programming and information systems, public service, the clergy and religious life, public administration, healthcare, education, and public relations. Many Carroll graduates go on to pursue graduate study, earning advanced degrees in philosophy, law and other fields at schools such as Christian Brothers University, Loyola Marymount University, University of Montana, and University of Iowa. See what our Philosophy alumni are doing today.