Philosophy at Carroll College



Philosophy investigates the fundamental features of human existence, including questions about ethics and value, justice and politics, knowledge and science, and culture and beauty. Philosophy majors or minors study classic and contemporary texts and develop strong analytical and argumentative skills.

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About the Program

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.

At Carroll College, you will build meaningful friendships along your intellectual journey... and have fun along the way! 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.

The Carroll Difference

Carroll College philosophy offers a strong program in the history of philosophy, with opportunities for the study of contemporary ideas. The program has been carefully crafted to allow for an easy completion as a second major, and philosophy complements most of the majors offered at Carroll. Students in the program will receive quality classroom experiences and easy access to program faculty.

Philosophy attracts a diverse range of students, but here as some general characteristics and interests commonly observed: Analytical thinkers who enjoy delving into abstract concepts, examining arguments, and evaluating different perspectives. Curious and open-minded persons, eager to explore different philosophical traditions, theories, and perspectives, even if they initially hold differing opinions. Persons with a love for engaging in intellectual discussions and debates, who enjoy the process of refining their own thoughts through dialogue. Strong reading and writing skills. Diverse interdisciplinary interests and an appreciation of the connections between philosophy and other areas of study. Finally, a strong interest in exploring questions related to justice, morality, human rights, and the nature of good and evil.

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.