Philosophy - BA

Studying philosophy at St. Kate’s helps students develop skills they can use to expose and question hidden assumptions, challenge perceived authorities and problematic traditions, and engage a wide range of perspectives on some of life’s most fundamental questions.

Our courses are women-centered. Our courses engage diverse philosophical perspectives. And our courses teach students how to apply philosophical thinking to their everyday lives.

The philosophy major helps prepare students for a career by developing skills in communication, critical thinking and creativity, leadership and collaboration, and ethics and social justice. Philosophy majors often get jobs in fields that involve things like sales, client support, human resources work, legal support, writing and language, insurance claims, hospitality and travel, journalism and broadcasting, youth and career counseling, research, clerical work, policy analysis and planning, and data analysis.

The philosophy major also helps prepare students well for graduate school. Recent studies show that philosophy majors tend to score very well on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT) — these are all tests students take to get into graduate schools.

Everyone in the College for Women is welcome to become a philosophy major. Students take at least eight philosophy courses and two of them will be topics courses (one at the 2000 level and one at the 4000). Students get to choose the other six courses based on their interests.

Because our major is so flexible, lots of students decide to add philosophy as a double major.

This major is offered in the College for Women only. 


The philosophy major requires 36 credits.

Required philosophy courses:
PHIL 2994Topics4
PHIL 3994Topics4
PHIL 4994Topics (one upper-division Topics course)4
Six additional courses selected from PHIL course offerings, four at the 3000-level and above24
Total Credits36

Students must complete eight additional upper-division (3000-level or above) credits (in addition to CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice) determined by the student and their advisor.

Philosophy majors satisfy the Writing Requirement for Majors by completing an upper-division topics course. They complete the Liberal Arts and Sciences Core Writing Requirement with three other writing-intensive courses (CORE 1000W The Reflective Woman or CORE 2000W The Reflective Woman, CORE 3990W Global Search for Justice, and another writing-intensive course from another department).