48 months
39352 USD/year
39352 USD/year
39352 USD/year
Tuition fee
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As a Philosophy major at Mercyhurst University, you’ll develop knowledge across multiple disciplines. The major branches of philosophy are logic, epistemology (study of knowledge), metaphysics (study of the nature of reality), ethics (study of morality), aesthetics (study of art), philosophy of religion and political philosophy. 


Philosophy makes a great second major or a minor to complement your studies in other areas. English, pre-law, intelligence studies, political science and religious studies students at Mercyhurst have all benefitted from a double major in philosophy. Philosophy major at Mercyhurst University will help you graduate with strong critical thinking, persuasive argumentation and problem-solving skills.

Seniors can do original research, go to conferences, publish, intern with a private or public organization or intern with Mercyhurst’s own Evelyn Lincoln Institute for Ethics and Society. The institute is where leaders and learners gather to engage in an exchange of ideas pertaining to ethical inquiry that moves toward a just and participatory society. The university also brings in award-winning speakers through the Charlene M. Tanner Speaker Series, devoted to promoting social justice, peace and the environment.

The Philosophy Department plays a crucial role in the fulfillment of the University's mission, offering a major and a minor and contributing several courses to the University's Core Curriculum. In both endeavors, the Philosophy Department's goal is to educate and train the next generation of individuals to achieve personal, professional, and civic success by cultivating the intellectual skills and abilities of effective communication, critical thinking, creative thinking, logical reasoning, and ethical reasoning. The philosophy major is designed to prepare students for professional and graduate study in philosophy or some allied field, such as law or political science.

Learning Outcomes

  • A student-centered approach to learning and inquiry. The Department works closely with students to help tailor their education to meet their interests and goals. In addition to completing the major core curriculum, all majors are required to take 7 electives, at least one of which is expected to be an independent study
  • Historical breadth & conceptual depth. This focuses on knowledge of the history of philosophy and the core philosophical concepts and principles that constitute the foundation of all philosophical and scientific criticism and discovery
  • Experiential learning. Students regularly work as research assistants for faculty engaged in scholarship in philosophy or some allied field
  • Original research. Students choose and work closely with a thesis advisor on an independent research project and a thesis defense that are the culmination of their studies

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Philosophical Inquiry
  • Logic
  • History of Philosophy to the Renaissance
  • History of Philosophy Since the Renaissance

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 48 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details

Mercyhurst accepts students on a rolling basis, which means the sooner you apply, the sooner we can get you your admissions decision. 


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Biographical, academic, and extracurricular information
    • Self-reported high school transcript
    • Official high school transcript
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Self-reported SAT or ACT scores
    • Official SAT or ACT scores
    • Personal statement or writing sample

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    39352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39352 USD per year during 48 months.
  • National

    39352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39352 USD per year during 48 months.
  • In-State

    39352 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 39352 USD per year during 48 months.

Living costs for Erie

1000 - 1500 USD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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