About Us

Marquette 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.

Our Faculty

The Philosophy Department has 23 regular full-time faculty and 6 full time visiting assistant professors, with a wide range of teaching and research interests. The department has a long tradition of research strengths in Medieval Philosophy and Continental Philosophy. During the past fifteen years, the department has greatly expanded teaching and research strength in ethics, social, and applied philosophy.


For undergraduates, the department offers both a minor and a major.  Students may major in philosophy with possible interest areas in the History of Philosophy; Social, Political and Legal Philosophy; Ethics and Values; or Philosophy of Science and Mind. The critical thinking and writing skills developed in the major are applicable to any subject matter and in any context. They are sought after by employers in many fields and help to explain why philosophy majors on average obtain the highest overall scores on the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) and Graduate Record Exam (GRE) exams, and are able to find careers in many different fields.

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.