Philosophy (BA)


Why study Philosophy? Because it will give you the knowledge and skills needed to tackle the world’s most pressing and complex issues.

Philosophy teaches you to think deeply, logically, and ethically. It will develop your ability to analyze and articulate complex issues, making you an innovative thinker and problem solver.

Added Value of Faith & Reason

This program has taught me to see the world in a new way, which is very liberating. I’ve learned how to acknowledge and understand opposing viewpoints, how to approach any topic rationally without bearing a bias. I feel I have an optimism and a confidence that I’ll carry with me my whole life.

Soren Amstutz ’19
Philosophy & English major

As a Catholic university founded in the Franciscan tradition, we hold true to the moral teachings of the Church. As such, we are focused on helping students integrate faith and reason in service to the Church and world.

All full-time professors are Catholic and each holds a mandatum from the local bishop — a commitment to teach in full communion with the Catholic Church.

Personalized Plan of Study

Our curriculum will give you a deep understanding of human nature and culture. Its flexible format allows you to personalize your program as you select electives that match your interests.

Core courses focus on the development of Philosophy through history, in ancient, medieval, modern, and contemporary eras. Throughout the program, you’ll be introduced to:

  • The nature of philosophical reasoning, including logic
  • The history of philosophy
  • The ways of ethical reasoning

Academic Plan

An academic plan is a general blueprint showing how one might complete the degree, semester by semester.

USF student walking on campus.

In the World

As a Philosophy major, you’ll have ample opportunity to connect with professionals.

Conferences & Travel

Students regularly travel to professional conferences and workshops including those at Purdue University, University of Notre Dame, Franciscan University, Huntington University, and Brigham Young University

USF’s Theology & Philosophy Annual Lecture Series

A forum for understanding important topics within the Catholic and Franciscan traditions; all lectures are free & open to the public.

  • “What is Truth? The Christian Nature of Reality”
    Dr. T. Alex Giltner on January 31 at 6:30 p.m. – Brookside Ballroom
  • “Faith, Reform, and Mission When the Church Becomes an Obstacle”
    Father Joseph Chinnici, OFM on February 17 at 3 p.m. – North Campus Auditorium
  • “Charles Taylor on Secularity and Social Imaginaries”
    Dr. Vincent Wargo on March 20 at 7 p.m. – Brookside Ballroom
  • “Christian Friendship: Exploring the Tradition, Engaging the Culture”
    Dr. John Bequette on April 10 at 7 p.m. – Brookside Ballroom

Career Opportunities

Today’s employers seek strong thinkers, communicators, and problem solvers. A degree in Philosophy will set you up for success in a wide range of fields.

Graduates of our program work in:

  • Business
  • Education
  • Religion
  • Government
  • Law
  • Management
  • Medical Care
  • Research & Writing

Others attend graduate school for advanced study in philosophy, medicine, law or business.

Did you Know?

Philosophy majors make great candidates for law school and medical school. They tend to score high on the entrance exams and do well with the rigors of deep study.

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Program Director

Lewis Pearson