Philosophy

Program Features

At Xavier, philosophy students 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. 

They graduate as citizens of the world, with 100 percent of students employed, attending grad school or working in service or volunteer positions within six months of graduation.

Curriculum

The sample course sequence below illustrates class offerings for the Philosophy major. Consult the official Xavier University course catalog for detailed registration and advising information.

Fall

  • PHILOSOPHY 100 Intro to Ethics............ 3cr.
  • ENGLISH 101/115 Composition/Rhetoric............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language I............ 3cr.
  • Creative Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • CORE 100 First-Year Seminar............ 3cr.
  • CORE 101: GOA Co-curriculum Program I............ 0cr.

Spring

  • Scientific Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Literature & Moral Imagination............ 3cr.
  • Foreign Language II............ 3cr.
  • THEOLOGY 111: Theological Foundations............ 3cr.
  • Oral Communications Elective............ 3cr.
  • CORE 102: GOA Co-curriculum Program II............ 0cr.

Fall

  • PHILOSOPHY 200 Philosophical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Mathematical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Historical Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Natural Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • History of Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • Social Science Elective............ 3cr.
  • Theological Perspectives............ 3cr.
  • Quantitative Reasoning Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • History of Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 311 Symbolic Logic............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • E/RS Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • History of Philosophy............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 340 Metaphysics............ 3cr.
  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • Diversity Curriculum Requirement............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.

Fall

  • Philosophy Elective............ 3cr.
  • PHILOSOPHY 398 Thesis Review............ 1cr.
  • Philosophy Seminar............ 3cr.
  • Humanities Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

Spring

  • PHILOSOPHY 399 Thesis Review............ 2cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.
  • General Elective............ 3cr.

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.

Clubs

Part of the college experience is reading, writing and studying for exams. The other part? Whatever students want it to be. Xavier has more than 160 clubs & everything from fencing to football, theater to community service.

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Outcomes

100% of students from Xavier's undergraduate Humanities programs, including Philosophy, are working, volunteering or in graduate school within six months of graduating.

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Xavier is ranked #1 for its excellent academic reputation among top competitors in the region. Students get the most out of their education, from rigorous classroom studies to experiential learning in the real world.

Career Preparation

Philosophy students graduate prepared for careers in many fields, including graduate school, law school, seminary, business, journalism, scientific research, medical school and communications.


Student Research

Philosophy majors work closely with a mentoring faculty member to prepare and present a lengthy research project during their senior year.


Study Abroad

Students study abroad in Paris, Jerusalem or Rome. Travel to places filled with rich history and culture and get immersive, hands-on experiences about the beauty of timeless traditions.


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Philosophy Major at Xavier University

Within Jesuit education, philosophy occupies a central, synthesizing role. It aims at helping students reflect creatively and critically on ethics, society, and the world at large. The major program in philosophy is designed to provide a sound grounding in the history of Western philosophy through the careful study of the great books of that tradition. Philosophy literally means "the love of wisdom." It deals with speculative issues such as human nature, the structure of reality, the existence of God, and the processes involved in human knowledge. It is also concerned with practical issues such as the nature of the morally good life and the ideal political society.

Xavier University’s College of Arts and Sciences challenges students to develop an integrated understanding of humanity, the world, and God by pursuing the questions raised in Xavier's core and departmental curricula. The College of Arts and Sciences is the oldest and largest college at Xavier University. The college provides an excellent liberal arts education in the Jesuit tradition that prepares students for careers, professional or graduate school, and life in a global society.

Xavier University is a private university located in Cincinnati, Ohio, providing a liberal arts education in the Jesuit Catholic tradition. Founded in 1831, the University is the sixth-oldest Catholic university in the nation. It has been ranked among the top 10 master's-level universities in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report for the past two decades. The Princeton Review names it one of the "Best 385 Colleges in America."