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.

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Available Majors

  • Philosophy

Available Minors

  • Philosophy

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.

Course Topics

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


Four-Year Plan

Sample program of study for the philosophy major. Students should select courses with the assistance of a faculty advisor.

Fall Spring
First Year
ENG-101 College Writing 3 Foreign Language 3
NDMU-100 Perspectives in Education 4 History 3
COM-101 4 Mathematics 3
PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy 3 Mathematics 3
Physical Educa 1 Social Science 3
[15 credits]   PHL-201 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    [15 credits]  
Second Year
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]  
[16 credits]      
Third Year
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]  
Fourth Year
PHL Value theory course 3 PHL 300/400-level elective 3
PHL-411 Senior Thesis 3 General Education/Electives 12
General Education/Electives 9 [15 credits]  
[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.

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Evolving Holistically

Alum, NDMU Class of 2019 Philosophy

"I am prepared for the next step in my life because of the opportunity I had through NDMU to evolve holistically and strengthen my identity and who I want to be in the world." Next: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health - Master of Health Administration Program

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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.

Philosophy Careers

While many graduates go on to attend graduate school, others have accepted positions in a variety of fields:

  • Education
  • Business
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Medicine