Philosophy examines the ideas and questions we have about the world—both about how it works and what our place in it might be. The study of Philosophy focuses on truth and argumentation and challenges our convictions about what is true and what is good.  


Philosophy at STU 

Our department encourages a diverse approach to Philosophy and examines both historical and contemporary issues. The wide range of faculty expertise allows for a broad and deep exploration of the field, giving students a firm foundation of knowledge. Courses rely on the full texts of top philosophers—not summaries—and while this can be challenging, our small classes create a collaborative and supportive learning environment for students.  

Dr. Jean-Phiippe Ranger Portrait shot


“Whether you plan on becoming a Philosophy major or are merely curious, we are excited to get a chance to share the rich material that has been handed down to us, and to introduce you to the big questions about life, what we can know, why we might be here, and what we are supposed to do.”


– Dr. Jean-Philippe Ranger

What sets STU’s Philosophy Program Apart? 

  • Small, engaging classes that emphasize personal interaction, discussion, and debate.  
  • Lectures and seminars are always taught by professors—not teaching assistants—which means students learn from experts in the field.  
  • Students learn directly from the texts of top philosophers, not summaries.  
  • Students benefit from faculty expertise in ethics, moral philosophy, logic, environmental philosophy, ancient Greek and Roman philosophy, and early modern philosophy. 

Where the Study of Philosophy can Take You 

Students in Philosophy gain advanced critical and argumentative skills and develop the ability to think creatively, to communicate effectively, and to engage in productive dialogue and debate. They are well suited for roles that involve problem solving, research, writing, collaboration, and significant ethical consideration.  


This prepares graduates for meaningful careers in fields like: 

  • Government 
  • Law 
  • Business 
  • Social Work 
  • Education 
  • Marketing and Advertising 

“My education at St. Thomas has allowed me to begin to understand humanity, both in what I have studied and through the relationships I've built with professors and peers.” 

Alexandra Cunningham, BA ’20, Philosophy and Great Books 
Pursuing graduate studies in Philosophy at the University of Calgary


You might be interested in studying Philosophy if… 

  • You’re always asking questions 
  • You are fascinated with puzzles and paradoxes 
  • You want to tackle life’s biggest questions 

Featured Courses 

Free Will: An Introduction to Philosophy 

Current Issues in Ethics 

Philosophy of Human Rights 

Moral Psychology 


Fields that Enhance Your Learning in Philosophy 

Philosophy studies the fundamentals of argumentation and knowledge, and as such it complements other fields of study. Many students choose to combine it with English, Great Books, and History. Those interested in pursuing a career in law or public service often combine Philosophy with Human Rights, Political Science, Criminology, and Communications and Public Policy.