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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.


    Visit Campus

    Interested in learning more about philosophy? We'd love to meet with you. Schedule an academic appointment by calling our department at 937-229-2933. You can also choose to schedule a general campus tour and admission presentation.

    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.

    Richard R. Baker Philosophy Colloquium

    The Richard R. Baker Philosophy Colloquium brings outstanding scholars from across the country to campus to present and discuss their research. The colloquium focuses either on a set of philosophical issues or on the work of a renowned individual philosopher.

    Dean's Summer Fellowship Program

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

    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.

    Experiential Learning

    Real-World Experience

    Through practical learning opportunities like internships and co-ops, you can build your resume, gain practical experience and prepare for a successful career.


    Department of Philosophy

    Humanities, Room 421
    300 College Park
    Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1546


    average class size for upper level philosophy courses