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Embodying the famous words of Socrates, “The unexamined life is not worth living,” the Department of Philosophy offers the Gonzaga community opportunities to reflect on the most fundamental questions of the human experience and to explore ideas about God, humanity, and the universe in which we live.

Our bachelor’s and master’s programs aim to deepen students' love of wisdom through the study of the intellectual and moral traditions of our civilization. Courses grow your ability to think independently, clearly and critically about your assumptions, principles and ideas — preparing you to provide society enlightened, responsible leadership and service.

Our department regularly hosts philosophy lectures and events for the Gonzaga community, including the Northwest Philosophy Conference, the Annual Rukavina Lecture in Philosophy, the Graduate Student Philosophy Conference, and Philosophy Club and Socratic Club lectures.

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Undergraduate Program

Undergraduate studies lead to a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major or minor in philosophy.

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Graduate Program

The Master of Arts program offers a wide scope of philosophical studies.

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