Philosophy Program Overview

Studying philosophy at Maryville College prepares you for life and the world. It will challenge and equip you to tackle the “big issues:” about what’s real and what isn’t; about what and who you are; about how we should live with one another and what makes life worthwhile.

To tackle those issues well, you will learn practical skills you can take with you wherever you go and whatever you do. For instance, our philosophy classes teach you to read and listen carefully to others, to analyze ideas and test arguments, to see problems in their complexity and appreciate a range of solutions. You will also learn to make up your own mind, and to communicate your ideas with clarity and precision.

Studying philosophy can open up exciting and surprising career paths. Our faculty and professional career counseling staff can help you find the right opportunities for significant practical experiences that will deepen your sense of direction in life.

Philosophy equips you to pursue virtually anything your passion and interest draw you toward.

Come pursue philosophy with us!

Course Offerings

The Major in Philosophy consists of at least 43 hours in philosophy and related areas. Required courses include:

PHL 162: Introduction to Philosophy and Logic (3 hrs.)
PHL 211: American Philosophy (3 hrs.)
PHL 348: Comparative Philosophy (3 hrs.)
PHL 351-352: Senior Study (6 hrs.)
HUM 201: Perspectives in the Humanities (3 hrs.)
HUM 347: Research and Professional Issues (1 hr.)
Three courses chosen from the following list:
PHL 201: Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3 hrs.)
PHL 205: Early Modern Philosophy from 16th to the 18th Century (3 hrs.)
PHL 206: Enlightenment & Late Modern Philosophy 18th- 20th Century (3 hrs.)
PHL 207: Contemporary Philosophy (3 hrs.)

Either of the following courses:
PHL 326: Philosophy of Religion (3 hrs.)
PHL 329: Modern Critiques of Religion (3 hrs.);


An additional 3 credit Philosophy course at the 300-level

One course from the following list:
PLS 306: Political Philosophy (3 hrs.)
ECN 334: History of Economic Thought (3 hrs.)
SOC 401: Social Theory (3 hrs.)
Two of the following courses (6 credit hours):
MUS 306: Philosophy and Aesthetics of Music (3 hrs.)
REL 326: Contemporary Theology (3 hrs.)
REL 346: Explorations in Christian Thought and Culture (3 hrs.)
REL 348: Explorations in the History of Religions (3 hrs.)

 The Minor in Philosophy consists of 15 credit hours and requires the following courses:

PHL 162: Introduction to Philosophy and Logic (3 hrs.)
Twelve additional credit hours in Philosophy