Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy
USD 33,500 / per year *
Earliest start date
* annual full-time rate
Are you looking for a solid preparation for advanced study in philosophy, a background for a particular profession or vocation, to move onto graduate school, or for preparation as a philosophy teacher? Philosophy is the attempt to make rational sense of all things. As such, it tries to discover and explain the ultimate origin, purpose, and meaning of everything, especially human existence. For this reason, philosophy is one of life’s most practical pursuits.
The Loras Philosophy major helps in the search for the definitive meaning of life, a pursuit that cannot be avoided if a person is truly interested in living well and finding genuine happiness, both personally and in a chosen profession, vocation, or career.
Loras Philosophy majors benefit from a strong values component, with emphasis on refining student’s ethical decision-making. The skills taught complement nearly every other major, helping Philosophy students consistently rank in the top percentiles on exams such as the GRE and LSAT.
Many Philosophy majors at Loras are committed to research and service to churches in the Dubuque Archdiocese.
Because these students are interested in the ways their faith lives to connect with their intellectual interests, they pursue compelling areas of research.
Internships and Study Abroad Opportunities
Many Internships and study abroad opportunities are available for all Philosophy students. All majors in the division participate in college internship programs offered through the Loras College Center for Experiential Learning.
Majors in this division study abroad in greater numbers than any other major on campus. Popular locations include:
- South Africa
Student Learning Outcomes – Philosophy
- Understand the principles of critical thinking
- Understand the major philosophers and philosophical issues in the history of philosophy
- Understand the key elements of epistemology and the philosophy of being
- Understand the principle philosophical approaches to the human person and their respective responses to fundamental human concerns.
- Understand the key ethical theories and their application to ethical dilemmas on the personal, social, and professional levels.
- Understand the distinctively Catholic elements within Western philosophy.
- Be able to engage in critical reflection on the work of particular philosophers and on philosophical texts.
- Be able to synthesize the work of various philosophers and various texts.
- Be able to engage in cogent argumentation in support of a position.
“What can you do with a Philosophy degree?”
As a Philosophy major, you will be prepared for a variety of interesting careers.
- University professor
- Restaurant manager
- Catholic priest
- Bookstore manager
- Professional Singer-Songwriter
- Software Designer