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Philosophy

An excellent foundation.

Philosophy offers students the opportunity to investigate deep and difficult questions about human existence, morality, truth and knowledge. Our major is comprehensive and challenging – incorporating logic, ethics, the history of philosophy and a generous number of electives that allow students to pursue their own particular interests.

46

number of Common Academic Program courses offered through the department

5

recent Dean's Summer Fellowship projects

39%

of students pursue a double major

High-Quality Education

  • 3 + 2 Law Degree Program
  • The Baker Colloquium in Philosophy
  • Theory into Practice
  • Driven, high-achieving philosophy majors are now eligible to matriculate directly into the University of Dayton School of Law. Undergraduates must enter UD as a Core program student and declare a philosophy major by the end of the fall semester of their second year.

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    A biennial conference on the UD campus that brings philosophers from across the nation and around the world to discuss a given issue or topic.

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    Our curriculum's strong emphasis on ethics and social justice embodies the Marianist values of service, justice and peace.

    Featured Programs and Initiatives

    Core Program

    All first-year philosophy majors are enrolled in our Core program. To deepen the learning experience, Core students live together while participating in an innovative, interdisciplinary curriculum.

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    Philosophy of Water Summer Immersion

    The philosophy of water summer immersion program incorporates academic study and a paddling/camping experience. Two instructors lead students to areas of philosophical interest, with a particular focus on water — including water as a symbol or philosophical image; access to water as a matter of social justice; and public waterways and the privatization of public lands.

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    Dean's Summer Fellowship Program

    Work with a faculty mentor on your self-directed research project as a Dean's Summer Fellow.

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    Phi Sigma Tau

    UD hosts a chapter of the national philosophy honor society, Phi Sigma Tau. We offer a setting in which students can pursue philosophical reflection and dialogue with philosophy faculty outside of formal classroom work.

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    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 2923
    937-229-3237
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    26

    average class size for upper level philosophy courses