School of Humanities and Social Sciences
HSS is the cornerstone of St. Mary's liberal arts and Marianist education. With more than 20 disciplines to choose from, this is the largest school on campus.
The Department of Philosophy at St. Mary’s University teaches and guides students in philosophical inquiry, helping them to integrate the study of Philosophy as an academic discipline with the practice of philosophy as a way of life. Through coursework, research and rigorous inquiry, students study the processes of human living and thinking to understand the perennial issues of morality, religion, social and political life, culture, science and metaphysics and cognition.
Through careful study of the history of philosophy, majors and minors begin to understand and take their place in the centuries-long conversation about the structure and meaning of existence, the nature of knowledge and the principles of morality.
Programs in the Department of Philosophy
The St. Mary’s University Department of Philosophy teaches and guides students in philosophical inquiry, helping them to integrate the study of philosophy as an academic discipline with the practice of philosophy as a way of life.
As integral to our mission, we as a faculty attempt to embody the meaning of philosophy through the pursuit of critical inquiry in the classroom, and in our professional and social lives. Through teaching courses in the Core Curriculum, we also bring philosophical inquiry as a way of life to all students at St. Mary’s, where philosophy sits alongside theology at the authentic core of a Marianist education.