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The College of St. Scholastica

The liberal arts and critical thinking are core educational components at St. Scholastica, the perfect place to study philosophy. Our philosophy major is designed for students who want to think deeply about fascinating, fundamental issues: what is the nature of reality? Does God exist? What does it mean to be a “good” person?

As a philosophy major, you’ll sharpen the thinking skills that will serve you well in any job field. You will learn to think for yourself, question key assumptions, carefully analyze facts and arguments, use sound reasoning and make good decisions in confusing situations. You’ll also enjoy small class sizes and working closely with your professors to meet your academic goals.

The philosophy major prepares program graduates to serve as leaders in a variety of fields, including law, medicine, non-profit administration, business and higher education.

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Benedictine Scholarship

All new first-year applicants to St. Scholastica will be awarded either the Benedictine Scholarship or the Access Award, upon admission to the College.

Financial Aid

100% of traditional incoming undergraduates receive some type of scholarships. The average for scholarships, grants and/or loans is $31,841.

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Visit our Catalog to view the program, course and degree requirements, and learning outcomes. Be sure to create your course plan in consultation with your advisor.



Career Outlook

Trained in careful, original, thinking, philosophy majors are well prepared for a variety of careers. Nationwide, those who major in philosophy receive:

  • the second highest scores on the LSATs (required exam for entrance into law school)
  • the highest scores on the GREs (required exam for general entrance into graduate school)
  • the fourth highest scores on the GMATs (required exam for entrance into business graduate school)
  • a higher rate of admission into medical school than students in any other major

Our students tailor their philosophy major/minor to fit their career goals, often working with their advisers to select a second major or minor to complement their education in philosophy. While philosophy students can pursue most careers, they most commonly go into law, medicine, non-profit administration, business, technology and higher education. St. Scholastica’s philosophy program has a special strength in ethics, offering classes in ethical theory, environmental ethics, consumer ethics, ethics in healthcare and more. This can help our students become a valued asset in a variety of fields.

Pair with a Language

Boost your brainpower and give yourself a competitive edge in our global economy by pairing your major with a language. St. Scholastica offers programs and courses in American Sign Language, German, Ojibwe and Spanish.

Meet Our Faculty

Experienced, Dedicated and Distinguished Educators

Expect to be heard, to be challenged and to be involved. St. Scholastica faculty are world-class scholars and experts in their field who invest in your success. Our values of community, respect, stewardship, hospitality and love of learning reflect our faculty’s commitment to lifting up others and celebrating our common humanity.