College for Women | School of Humanities, Arts and Sciences


A philosophy major will develop your ability to think critically, analyze complex issues and communicate with clarity — key components for any career path.

What can I do with a degree in Philosophy?

With St. Kate’s degree in philosophy, offered on the St. Paul campus, you'll gain the skills and experience to understand the history of philosophical thought, analyze the writings of others and articulate their perspective. You will be prepared to pursue a variety of careers in government, business, non-profits or education, including:

  • Law firms
  • Local, state and federal agencies
  • Government or politics
  • Corporate training and development
  • Teaching, research or administration at a college or high school

A philosophy degree will also position you to pursue graduate study, or attend law or med school. Recent studies show that philosophy majors score higher than others on the Graduate Records Exam (GRE), the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT) and the Graduate Management Admissions Test (GMAT).

What will I study?

The philosophy major is an attractive second major if you’re interested in tailoring your academic program to your intellectual interests and passion. With a focus on student and faculty discussion, classes develop your ability to question situations and beliefs, analyze issues and communicate clearly.

If you’re interested in attending law school:

  • "Philosophy of Law" discusses the fundamental questions of law and legal systems as well as recent developments in legal theory, including feminist jurisprudence.
  • In "Social and Political Philosophy", you’ll learn about the concepts and controversies in human social and political life and discuss social contract theory and universal human rights.

For those interested in a Philosophy-English double major, courses such as:

In the senior seminar course, you will complete a thesis that encompasses research methodology, textual analysis, construction of philosophic arguments and the practice of philosophy in the contemporary world and present your work at a department colloquium.

Did you know?

  • Philosophy is offered as a major and a minor.

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why St. Kate’s?

At St. Catherine University, you will grow as a leader who engages with intention, acts with justice and serves with compassion. You will build personal relationships with faculty and students alike, while you become immersed in active and collaborative methods of learning to achieve your goals.

Major Course Requirements

Major Course Requirements

Explore the required, supporting and recommended courses.

Core Curriculum

Core Curriculum

The path to a baccalaureate degree at St. Kate’s begins with a core curriculum that emphasizes intellectual inquiry and social teaching; challenging students to transformational leadership.



Our faculty have a wide range of intellectual interests, are active in professional organizations and are student-centered instructors. Most of all, they’re passionate, caring teachers.

The St. Kate’s Experience

The St. Kate’s Experience

This unique program brings together resources, activities and personal support to help you achieve your goals.