Learn how to think with a Philosophy major.

You’ll dive into classic and contemporary philosophical texts to understand the history of ideas. Learn how to analyze issues thoughtfully, form rational arguments and challenge assumptions — including your own.

Studying Philosophy will teach you to think creatively and solve problems. You’ll graduate prepared for a career in law, politics, academia, publishing, teaching, business, management — and the list goes on. As a Philosophy major, you’ll be able to lead thoughtfully, make meaningful choices and make the world a better place.

What do our graduates do?

Philosophy majors go on to a variety of careers and graduate schools from St. Edward’s. Here’s a sample.

  • English Teaching Assistant in the Fulbright U.S. Student Program
  • Content strategist at AirBnB
  • Team manager at Apple
  • University professors at Furman University and the University of California
  • District attorneys and attorneys in private practice
  • Reporter for the Fayette County Record
  • Graduate students at institutions including American University, Boston College, University of Edinburgh, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Purdue University and Stanford University

For more information on the Philosophy major, please contact Jack Musselman, associate professor of Philosophy. The Philosophy major is part of the Department of Philosophy.

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Major Roadmap

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Philosophy Major Guide

Conversations with Philosophy

Professors at St. Edward’s are treasures troves of knowledge. Their insights reach far beyond their classroom teaching. Jack Musselman, associate professor of Philosophy, shares advice from his teaching on how to have a hard conversation.

The Classroom and Beyond

Philosophy majors are an eclectic bunch who are active in a wide range of projects. You’ll have the chance to conduct and present research, write for student publications, get involved in spiritual and service activities, and attend thought-provoking lectures by visiting experts. 

Student Organizations 

The Philosophy Club meets weekly to discuss a brief reading, movie or podcast that’s relevant to a theme the members have chosen for the semester, such as feminist philosophy. As a member, you’ll discuss ideas and debate with fellow students who are interested in philosophy and history.

The Food and Philosophy lecture series features well-known speakers from around the country who address current topics over lunch. Topics have included the following:

  • Genetically Engineering Our Children
  • Conscientious Refusal to Participate in Evil
  • Real Judging, Fake Judging and the Myth of Judicial Activism

Hilltop Views, the weekly student newspaper, is published both in print and online. Student journalists report news from the campus and greater Austin community. You can get involved as early as your freshman year as a writer, editor, photographer or designer. 

Sorin Oak Review is a literary magazine that showcases the poetry, prose and artwork of St. Edward’s students. Working on the editorial staff is a great way to gain experience in project management and the practical details of putting together a publication. 

Arete is a student-produced academic journal that publishes student-written research, nonfiction essays and commentary. Editors choose from among the dozens of submissions to create a cohesive journal that represents a variety of perspectives. 

New Literati is a student-produced journal of both academic and creative work. 

B. Hooved is the student humor journal, inspired by our Hilltopper goat mascot. 

Phi Alpha Delta, the pre-law organization, meets weekly to listen to guest speakers, learn about the law school admission process, participate in mentorship programs, do service work and learn about internships. The club also has a mock trial team that competes in events hosted by the American Mock Trial Association and Phi Alpha Delta. The team has traveled to Washington, D.C., to compete.

Campus Ministry at St. Edward’s offers programs that enhance your spiritual life, including small-group Bible studies, retreats, interfaith events and programs that support social justice advocacy. The department also coordinates both one-day and semester-long service projects in Austin, as well as Service Break Experiences in other states or countries. Through SBEs, you’ll travel to another community, volunteer and learn about local life while living simply (without your phone, for example). 

Internships 

Philosophy majors have interned at the following organizations:

  • Equal Justice Center
  • Mongazon école supérieure in Angers, France (as a summer-camp counselor for French children working to improve their English skills)