“The teaching of philosophy is one of the most powerful tools we have at our disposal to empower our [students] into acting as free and responsible subjects in an ever more complex, interconnected and uncertain world.” (Michael D. Higgins, President of Ireland, Speech for Áras an Uachtaráin, Saturday 19 November 2016)


“The unexamined life is not worth living.” Socrates (Plato, Apology 38a)


Urgent Requests

If you are requesting a permission number to register for a full/closed course, you can submit an urgent request form only if you are a graduating senior. Your request must also be accompanied by a letter from your college or your academic advisor stating that you will be graduating in December, 2018. Submission of this form is not a guarantee that you will get into the course and section that you are requesting but it is but is necessary if you would like your request to be reviewed.  I would also suggest that you continue to monitor Checkmarq in case a section that does fit your schedule becomes available.  After your request is reviewed you will receive an email response from one of our faculty members. Please note that only requests from graduating seniors will be reviewed.



Why study Philosophy at Marquette?                                                             

(For more information, please contact Dr. Owen Goldin, Associate Chair)




Our Undergraduate Program                                                                             

Concentration I: History of Philosophy

Concentration II: Ethics and Values

Concentration III: Social, Political and Legal Philosophy

Concentration IV: Philosophy of Science and Mind

The Department of Philosophy offers an accelerated degree program which allows students to earn both their B.A. degree and M.A. degrees in Philosophy within in a five-year time period. 

Those who have completed an M.A. in philosophy have gone on to excellent philosophy PhD programs or law schools, and gained employment in the non-profit and private sectors. Graduate courses in our program offer students the possibility to pursue topics of interest to them in more depth than they are able to in undergraduate classes. These courses couple smaller class sizes and more opportunities for participation with an emphasis on the refinement of student research skills. ​

Students accepted into the program may transfer up to 12 credits of approved 5000-plus level courses into their graduate program. Undergraduates participating in this program are granted early admission to the graduate school and are allowed to take specific graduate-level courses during their junior and senior years.

To be considered for admission to the B.A./M.A. five-year program, applicants must formally apply to the philosophy department in their junior year at Marquette University and have achieved a minimum cumulative undergraduate GPA of 3.000.

Learn more about our two Master of Arts programs; History of Philosophy and Social and Applied Philosophy. 

Major in Philosophy: Get a Job, Earn a Living, Change the World

You’ve got to be kidding! Not at all! Philosophy provides excellent preparation for careers in law, business, public service, social work, journalism, and many others.

Pope John Paul II, Angela Davis, Philip Glass, David Souter, Iris Murdoch, Juan Williams, Aung San Suu Ky, Buffy Sainte-Marie, and many more.

Our endowed chair in philosophy is named after Mr. Donald J. Schuenke, the former Chairman and CEO of Northwestern Mutual Life Insurance Co and a Marquette Philosophy Major.

Although perhaps not as famous, our own majors have pursued careers such as: Legal Executive Assistant, Sales Analyst, Equity Manager, Program Associate with Center for Peacemaking, Legal advocate, Compañera , Author of a young adults' series, the Collywobbles Chronicles, Community Outreach, Education Reporter, Financial Analyst, Religious Education Coordinator, and many more





Enjoy Interaction with Students Interested in Philosophy

Phi Sigma Tau (Honors Society)

Philosophy Club

Student Awards and Achievements                                                                 

The department has three awards for undergraduate student achievement: The Francis X. Boden Memorial Award, The Rev. John Naus, S.J. Award, The James H. Robb Memorial Award. Visit here to get more information and to see a list of recent winners.

Philosophy Department

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Milwaukee, WI 53201-1881
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