- School of Arts, Sciences & Business
- Philosophy Department
By studying the philosophers whose ideas have most influenced the development of our culture, the Philosophy program seeks to instill habits of critical and systematic thinking that are necessary for a coherent view of the world. Our curriculum emphasizes mastery in critical thinking, reading and writing--all skills necessary for intellectual excellence in all fields of study.
Additional Study Options
What Makes Our Program Unique
In addition to the history of Western philosophy, our major and minor require at least one class related to the philosophical issues surrounding race, gender, sexuality, or disability.
Our curriculum pays special attention to issues of social justice and diversity, with topics including:
- Critical Race Theory
- Feminist Philosophy
- Islamic Philosophy
- Philosophy of Disability
Sample program of study for the philosophy major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.
|ENG-101 College Writing||3||Foreign Language||3|
|IDS-100 Perspectives in Education||3||History||3|
|General Education||6||Social Science||3|
|[16 credits||PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy||3|
|PHL Historical sequence course||3||PHL Ethics course||3|
|Fine Arts||3||PHL 300/400-level elective||3|
|RST-201 Introduction to Biblical Studies||3||Religious Studies (300/400 level)||3|
|COM-106 Fundamentals of Oral Communication||3||English Literature||3|
|General Education/Electives||3||General Education/Electives||3|
|Physical Education||1||[15 credits]|
|PHL Religion and Human nature course||3||PHL Metaphysics and Epistemology course||3|
|PHL Historical sequence course||3||PHL Seminar course||3|
|General Education/Electives||9||General Education/Electives||9|
|[15 credits]||[15 credits]|
|PHL Value theory course||3||PHL-411 Senior Thesis||3|
|PHL 300/400-level elective||3||General Education/Electives||12|
|General Education/Electives||9||[15 credits]|
What to Expect Studying at Notre Dame of Maryland University
Small class sizes and personal attention enhance the student expertise, allowing for a combination of rich lecture and robust discussion.
Opportunity for New ExperiencesStudent, NDMU Class of 2017 Philosophy Read story
Research & Internship Opportunities
One of the hallmarks of our rich educational environment is the opportunity to participate in research in your field of interest.
Nancy Kreiter Student Research Day provides the perfect forum to showcase your hard work with a formal research presentation to the Notre Dame community.
While many graduates go on to attend graduate school, others have accepted positions in a variety of fields: