Philosophy Department

Philosophy deals with the “really big” questions, the ones that seem to escape final answers but nevertheless call on us to develop informed, relevant, useful, satisfying opinions.  These “ really big questions” include:

  • whether human beings have free will,
  • whether the world requires a creator,
  • what makes for a rationally justified belief;
  • what is good, or true, or beautiful;
  • what makes art different from non-art;
  • if life has meaning;
  • if only the physical is real;
  • whether relativism makes sense

Philosophy courses are meant to provide conceptual tools and philosophical ideas to help students develop an informed opinion about these “big questions.” 

Classes emphasize critical thinking and can help students develop more sophisticated reasoning, reading, and writing skills, as well as help them carry on dynamic and productive discussions on many of these topics.

Dominican's philosophy department prepares students to inquire deeply into fundamental questions in areas as diverse as art, ethics, human nature, human society and politics, science, and religion.  Philosophy majors have used their degrees as a foundation for additional education and in a wide variety of future career choices. Their degree prepares them for fields such as business, banking, education, law, health and social services, library and information services  and religious ministry.

The department offers a major and minor in philosophy, and can work well as a double major.