Welcome to Marquette University’s Department of Philosophy!

How should we live? What gives our lives meaning and purpose? What should we believe, and how can we be confident that our beliefs are true? These are the questions that have occupied philosophers for centuries, and that occupy us as we live our lives. Philosophy seeks to give rigorous, well thought out answers to these questions, or, at least to help us frame the right approaches to answering them.

A precise and detailed study of philosophy has always been central to Marquette’s educational mission since philosophy provides a principal forum for the serious discussion of the basic questions of life through a disciplined and critical analysis of the greatest philosophers and. At Marquette, we pursue these and other perennial issues primarily through the study of Western philosophical traditions from their Greek origins to contemporary thought.


For undergraduates, the department offers both a minor and a major. Undergraduate Philosophy majors can choose from one of four areas of specialization: History of Philosophy; Social, Political and Legal Philosophy; Ethics and Values; and 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.


For graduates, we offer a Ph.D. that allows for specialization in all areas of the history of philosophy as well as many systematic areas. We also offer an M.A. with specializations in the History of Philosophy and Social and Applied Philosophy.

Department News and Events

Students Spotlight

Graduate StudentsMarquette University Graduate Students presented original research at Philosophy Born of Struggle Conference, sponsored by Grand Valley State University, Grand Rapids Michigan. The panel was titled “Coloniality and the Boundaries of Exclusion”

From left to right: Jorge Montiel, Marquette University presenting: “The Coloniality of History” • Marisola Xhelili-Ciaccio, Marquette University presenting: “The Colonial History of Balkan Identity” • Alan Chavoya, Northwestern University presenting “Coloniality and Crimigration” • and Cameron Roman, Marquette University presenting: “Coloniality and Native Suppression.”