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Welcome to the Department of Philosophy.

Philosophy – the pursuit of wisdom – deals systematically with values and concepts central to our lives as individuals and social beings. Philosophy explores the rational bases of other areas of inquiry such as science, social science, politics, and religion. Philosophy facilitates the development of valuable, advanced skills in constructing and analyzing arguments, reading and writing critically and with precision, and approaching problems imaginatively and reflectively.
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Understand your world through philosophy.

The Department of Philosophy offers strong major and minor programs. We offer a wide variety of courses that develop students' abilities to analyze arguments, to read closely, to write precisely, and to approach profound questions creatively. Philosophy majors enjoy many opportunities to work with faculty members who are both active scholars and skillful teachers. Many of our majors go on to graduate study, especially in law and humanities disciplines. Philosophy majors develop fruitful careers in many fields, including business, health care, law, religious vocation, social services, and teaching.

Philosophy at UD

Philosophy majors at UD receive broad training in the liberal arts and sciences. All philosophy majors complete the Bachelor of Arts liberal studies curriculum in which students study literature, the creative and performing arts, foreign language, and the social sciences, as well as completing an integrated sequence of natural science courses.

The University of Dayton's Department of Philosophy has one of the largest faculties in the Midwest. The philosophy faculty members have a wide range of scholarly and teaching interests.

Philosophy naturally complements other areas of study. Philosophy students are encouraged to complete second majors in biology, communication, economics, English, history, international studies, languages, physics, political science, premedicine, psychology, religious studies, and sociology. Concentrations can be developed in any area within the College of Arts and Sciences or in other areas such as management, finance, and marketing.

Each year, the Richard R. Baker Philosophy Colloquium brings outstanding speakers to campus to present and discuss their research. Recent colloquium topics have included "Building Coalitions Across Difference," "Philosophy and Psychopathology," "Exploring Jane Addams," "Ethics and the Professions," "Ecofeminist Perspectives," "Moral Agency and the Fragmented Self," and "Christian Humanism and Secular Humanism." Some colloquia have focused on individual philosophers such as Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, Aquinas, and Sartre. These events provide students with the opportunity to meet well known philosophers and see them in action.

The department also sponsors the John Thompson Christian Philosophy lectureship which features distinguished philosophers of religion.


What can you do with a degree in philosophy?

Philosophy majors acquire skills that equip them very well for a wide variety of fields in an employment market that demands adaptation and change.

To become a professional philosopher who teaches and conducts research at a college or university, one must hold a doctoral degree. Some of our graduates have gone on to strong graduate programs in philosophy and have become our colleagues in the academia. Currently, UD philosophy majors are pursuing doctoral study at some of the top graduate schools in the country, including the Universities of Michigan, Notre Dame, Pittsburgh, and Vanderbilt.

Many of our majors pursue vocations outside of professional philosophy. Most work in one of six areas: education; law and medicine; religious vocation; business; public and social service; and writing. Learn more about careers in philosophy from the links at right.
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Go beyond the classroom. Explore your world.

Philosophy majors can choose from several curricular and extra-curricular activities to enhance their learning experience. More information can be found in the list at right.

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Meet our faculty and staff.

The faculty and staff of the Department of Philosophy invite you to meet us and find out what we have to offer.

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Showcase your knowledge and creativity.

The intellectual power and creative vitality of the College of Arts and Sciences reside in our faculty. While students lie at the center of the College’s attention, the work of the College’s faculty makes possible the distinctive education in the liberal arts and sciences that our graduates attain. All of the College’s achievements and aspirations spring in some way from faculty members’ creativity, talent, and dedication in scholarship, teaching, and professional service.

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How can we help you?

Please contact us for more information about our programs.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Office Information

Department of Philosophy
University of Dayton
Jesse Phillips Humanities Center Room 421
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469-1546

Phone: 937-229-2933
Fax: 937-229-4400