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Philosophy Programs

What is Philosophy?

The term "philosophy" translates to "love of wisdom." People use philosophical lessons, beliefs and theories in their search to understand fundamental truths about themselves, the world in which they live, as well as their relationship to each other and to God.

Some of the questions that have become the objects of philosophical programs include:

  • What really exists?
  • Can anything be known?
  • Are there any universal moral standards?
  • Does God exist?

People with intellectual curiosity, who tend to ask themselves "Why?" and feel a need to find the answers to complex questions, enjoy and flourish in philosophy programs.

What type of career can I look forward to with a Philosophy degree?

The Philosophy major prepares students who plan to study and work in law, business, medicine, government and religion, as well as a host of other occupations.

What makes Walsh's Philosophy major unique?

  • Rooted in tradition. Our major is designed around the institutional commitment to Catholic values and beliefs. Consequently, our major emphasizes the Catholic identity of Walsh University.
  • Two areas of concentration. We have two tracks of study: Great Ideas, which explores the great philosophical traditions, and Applied Ethics, which is designed to help students address moral values across disciplinary boundaries.

Generally speaking, what courses will I need to take?

Philosophy majors need to take the Heritage courses required of all Walsh graduates. In addition, Philosophy students take gateway courses in the major. These are classes that enhance students' reasoning skills; research methods and writing styles that are used in this field; moral development; and understanding of Catholic tradition.
Finally, students complete course work in their chosen concentration - either Applied Ethics or Great Ideas.

What experiential learning or internship opportunities are available with Philosophy Programs?

The Philosophy major incorporates an assortment of experiential learning opportunities in the community including working with local schools and their reading programs.

It's also possible to develop any number of internships with government agencies, businesses, law offices, religious and non-profit organizations.

Whom can I contact for more information? 

Rev. Patrick Manning, Ph.D., Chair of the Philosophy and Theology Division
(330) 244-4922

Dr. Bradley Beach, Philosophy Program Coordinator
(330) 490-4732