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Philosophy, B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 48 months
South Bend, IN, United States
Philosophy is a tool for examining your basic beliefs, confronting the challenges of others’ beliefs, and arriving at independent decisions. Develop a foundation in the history of philosophy and an acquaintance with contemporary research.  The program is delivered at Saint Mary's College.
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Explore a broad range of ideas and pursue your own individual philosophical concerns. Study great thinkers such as Socrates, Descartes, and Kant, along with subjects such as social justice, ethics, morality, and the human condition. 

Develop your ability to think critically about complex and varied topics. Learn how to argue persuasively and logically, and how to ask the right questions when faced with new information or situations. Become skilled in communicating ideas effectively, and presenting knowledge and arguments in an organized fashion. 

Whether you choose a career in law, business, politics, the tech industry, journalism, teaching, or another field, your philosophy major will serve you well. Philosophy majors have among the highest mid-career earnings of all majors. But at Saint Mary's College, we know that success means more than high salaries and positions of power; it’s about doing something meaningful in life and finding happiness. As a philosophy major, you will explore what that means for you.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 48 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include: 

  • Introductory Philosophy 
  • Philosophy of Human Existence 
  • Philosophy of World Cultures
  • Philosophy of Religion 
  • Philosophy of Art 
  • Philosophy of Politics

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


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General Requirements

  • academic accomplishments as evidenced by rigor of coursework, grades, grade trends
  • self-reported SAT or ACT scores (unless you plan to apply Test Optional). We'll accept your self-reported scores off the application for admission and scholarship consideration, but in order for you to ultimately enroll at Saint Mary's, you will be required to submit your official test scores. So, report them accurately!
  • extracurricular activities
  • community service and leadership experience
  • personal essay
  • recommendations from counselors, teachers, coaches and other personal acquaintances

Tuition Fee

  • International

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
  • National

    43040 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 43040 USD per year and a duration of 48 months.
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Living costs for South Bend

  • 885 - 1440 USD/month
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