Leaders in business, medicine, education and other fields have increasingly realized that philosophy provides students with the skills they need for success.  More information about the usefulness of philosophy can be found here: why philosophy is a great major.

A degree in philosophy will be an asset to your professional career, no matter what you choose to do.

  • Analytical problem-solving abilities, good communication skills, and moral and political awareness and sensitivity are all essential  in the business world, in fields like law and medicine, and for good citizenship.
  • Philosophy majors have historically scored the highest of any major nationally on the LSAT (the standardized admissions test for law school), and second only to engineering on the GRE (the parallel standardized test for graduate school).
  • Philosophy majors at SJU have been admitted to the nation’s top law schools and graduate programs and have been hired by non-profit organizations and prestigious financial firms.

An SJU philosophy major (ten courses) helps you to be an incisive logical thinker, a strong writer and oral communicator, and a conscientious global citizen committed to justice.

The course of study is flexible and fits naturally with many other disciplines allowing students to double-major easily.  Philosophy majors enjoy close working relationships with faculty who emphasize interactive learning, discussion, and engagement in the world.

Did you know that typically 20+ students graduate with a Philosophy minor each year?

The philosophy minor (six courses) complements virtually any course of study. Our recent minors have come from an array of majors, including accounting, biology, mathematics, and history.