Undergraduate Program (BA)

Philosophy

Philosophy is the love of wisdom. At Xavier, you'll get to know history's greatest thinkers and challenge your reality by reading carefully and questioning what is true. Engage in a growing discussion of themes such as human nature, morality, technology, and God, and graduate from Xavier a citizen of the world.

Sample Four-Year Philosophy Course Sequence

First Year

First Semester Semester Hours
PHILOSOPHY 100 Intro to Ethics 3
ENGLISH 101/115 Composition/Rhetoric 3
Foreign Language I 3
Creative Perspectives 3
CORE 100 First-Year Seminar 3
CORE 101: GOA Co-curriculum Program I 0
Second Semester Semester Hours
Scientific Perspectives 3
Literature & Moral Imagination 3
Foreign Language II 3
THEOLOGY 11 Theological Foundations 3
Oral Communications Elective 3
CORE 102: GOA Co-curriculum Program II 0

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sophomore

First Semester Semester Hours
PHILOSOPHY 200 Philosophical Perspectives 3
Mathematical Perspectives 3
Historical Perspectives 3
Natural Science Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
History of Philosophy 3
Philosophy Elective 3
Social Science Elective 3
Theological Perspectives 3
Quantitative Reasoning Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Junior

First Semester Semester Hours
History of Philosophy 3
PHILOSOPHY 311 Symbolic Logic 3
Philosophy Elective 3
E/RS Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
History of Philosophy 3
PHILOSOPHY 340 Metaphysics 3
Philosophy Elective 3
Diversity Curriculum Requirement 3
Humanities Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Senior

First Semester Semester Hours
Philosophy Elective 3
PHILOSOPHY 398 Thesis Review 1
Philosophy Seminar 3
Humanities Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
Second Semester Semester Hours
PHILOSOPHY 399 Thesis Review 2
General Elective 3
General Elective 3
General Elective 3

This is a sample course sequence to illustrate class offerings for this major.
Consult the official Xavier University catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Sample Courses

Xavier is known for providing an education that’s both challenging and personal. Here are some courses that are part of the Philosophy major at Xavier:

Philosophical Perspectives (PHIL 200) - An introduction to philosophical questions on topics such as knowledge, truth, and science by way of Descartes’s Discourse on Method and other texts.

Symbolic Logic (PHIL 311) - An introduction to formal logic. The elements of propositional calculus and predicate calculus; the structure of deductive systems.

Metaphysics (PHIL 340) - Metaphysics is the science that investigates what it means to be or exist. This course will examine the nature of metaphysics, and the role it has played in the history of philosophy.

Modern Political Philosophy (PHIL 364) - A study of the principal problems and texts of modern political philosophy starting from Machiavelli.

100% of Xavier Philosophy graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

100%

of Xavier Philosophy graduates are employed, enrolled in a full-time graduate program or volunteering within 6 months of graduation.

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LOFTY THINKING

Engage in close study of logic and major texts in the history of Western philosophy, including ancient Greek philosophy, medieval Christian, Jewish and Islamic philosophy, modern philosophy and contemporary philosophy.

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CAREERS AFTER GRADUATION

The study of philosophy prepares students for careers in a variety of fields, including

  • graduate study in philosophy
  • law school
  • seminary
  • business
  • journalism
  • scientific research
  • entrepreneurship
  • medical school
  • computer programming
  • communications

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