Philosophy program

College of Liberal Arts

Cultivate Critical Thinking, Enhance Communication Skills, and Shape the World

Make new friends and explore big ideas together: In Benedictine’s Philosophy Program, you’ll join a supportive community of students who share your fascination with the world’s mysteries. Through lively discussions and diverse perspectives, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of philosophy and its impact on various fields.

Philosophy is not just for school, but for life: Philosophy isn’t just about studying books; it’s about developing the skills to succeed in any career you choose. Our philosophy graduates go on to become successful lawyers, doctors, business leaders, teachers, and more, equipped with the critical thinking skills and adaptability to make a positive impact on the world.

Embrace the Power of Philosophy

At Benedictine University’s Philosophy Program, we ignite a passion for profound thinking, preparing you for success in a world that demands clarity, insight, and the ability to navigate complex issues. Our program is not merely about studying ancient texts; it’s about developing the cognitive agility and intellectual prowess to shape the future.

Delve into the depths of philosophical thought, exploring the fundamental questions that have shaped human understanding since time immemorial. Our rigorous curriculum, encompassing ancient and contemporary philosophical classics, challenges you to think critically, question assumptions, and develop your own unique perspective.

Our faculty is not just there to teach; they are your guides on a transformative intellectual journey. Through personalized mentorship, they will nurture your philosophical curiosity, provide individualized feedback, and empower you to excel in your studies.

Join us at Benedictine University’s Philosophy Program and discover the transformative power of philosophical inquiry. Unleash your intellectual potential, cultivate your critical thinking abilities, and prepare to make a lasting impact on the world.

Develop Critical Thinking and Philosophical Expertise

At Benedictine University’s Philosophy Program, we cultivate the critical thinking skills and philosophical knowledge necessary to analyze and evaluate philosophical texts, formulate well-reasoned arguments, and understand the doctrines of prominent philosophers within the context of the Catholic and Benedictine intellectual traditions.

In small classes with experienced teachers, students explore the big ideas of famous thinkers like Plato, Aristotle, Thomas Aquinas, Descartes, Kant, and Nietzsche. They learn about the history of philosophy, from ancient times to today, and discover the two main branches of philosophy: analytic and continental.

Philosophy as a second major

Expand your horizons and enrich your philosophical understanding by pursuing a second major or minors in a field that aligns with your interests. This interdisciplinary approach reflects philosophy’s inherent nature, drawing upon diverse disciplines to foster critical thinking and a deeper understanding of the world. Embrace the true spirit of philosophical inquiry and embark on a transformative intellectual journey.

The Power of Thought for a Rewarding Career

A philosophy degree can open doors to a wide range of career paths in many different fields. Philosophy majors can excel in law, education, business, writing and editing, government and public service, nonprofit organizations, arts and culture, and research and academia.

In addition to these specific career paths, a philosophy degree can also prepare you for a variety of other positions that involve critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills. Philosophy majors are often sought after by employers in a variety of industries, as they are known for their ability to think outside the box and approach problems from a different perspective.

What our Alumni have done with this degree

Some of our alumni have gone on to medical school at Midwestern University, to graduate school at The University of Chicago, to teach philosophy at The University of Notre Dame, and to practice internal medicine at West Suburban Medical Center.

Here is an example of some courses you may take in the Philosophy program:

  • Introduction to Logic
  • Philosophy of Being
  • Existentialism
  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Environmental Ethics

Philosophy courses (PHIL)

Lisle undergraduate course descriptions

Mesa undergraduate course descriptions

Philosophy, BA – Lisle

Philosophy, Minor – Lisle | Mesa

Philosophy as 2nd Major – Lisle



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