It’s almost hard to put into words because Siena had such an enormous influence on me. I am who I am today because of the years I spent here at Siena.
Gabrielle Davis ’85
Lawyer; Professor, University of Toledo’s College of Law
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  • About: Philosophy
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Philosophy
  • Career Opportunities

The Philosophy Department is committed to teaching students how to think critically, reason carefully and act knowingly. We believe that a strong philosophical foundation is essential to a life well-lived, and crucial to a liberal arts education.

To these ends, we offer a wide variety of philosophy and liberal arts studies courses. While our focus is on the western philosophical and intellectual canons, we acknowledge and incorporate other philosophical and critical traditions, including African, Chinese, Buddhist, Indian and Latin American works.

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FAST FACT: Due to the small size of the Philosophy Department, majors receive intensive personal attention from a small-but-dedicated faculty. This learning experience culminates in the senior thesis, an independent research project that prepares the student for the expectations and rigor of graduate level study in Philosophy or related disciplines.



Majors will be well-situated to go into business, politics, journalism, activism, law, medicine, seminary and/or graduate studies in a range of fields. It is quite possible to do philosophy as a second major or minor, and it pairs well with a number of other fields.
Course Type
Required Credit Hours
Course Type REQUIRED
Required Credit Hours 30Credit Hours
Course Type COGNATE
Required Credit Hours 6Credit Hours
Required Credit Hours 35Credit Hours
Course Type ELECTIVE
Required Credit Hours 49Credit Hours
Total for major
120Credit Hours
Course Name
Course Type
Credit Hours
Course Name Ancient Philosophy
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Introduction to Ethics
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Knowledge and Reality
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Logic
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Medieval Philosophy
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Philosophy of Science
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Senior Thesis
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Social Ethics
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Course Name Symbolic Logic
Course Type REQUIRED
Credit Hours 3
Professor of Philosophy
Metropolitan Detroit Program Center
Online Learning
Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Program Chair
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
#1. Focuses on the practical application of philosophy to people's everyday lives: Philosophy matters when it matters to people's actual lives

#2. A strong focus on ethics and political philosophy, with innovative classes like the "Ethics of Emerging Technology," "Democracy and Secession" and "War: What Is It Good For"

#3. Regularly organize campus events like the Great Lakes Philosophy Conference and help run the Siena Heights Ethics Bowl team to promote student engagement

The most obvious choice for a career in philosophy is a Professor of Philosophy in an institution of higher education. This path will generally require an masters' degree or PhD in philosophy after the completion of the bachelor of arts degree at Siena Heights University.

However, many of our philosophy majors go on to pursue higher degrees in related disciplines, such as English, history or psychology.

Philosophy also provides an excellent preparation for students desiring to attend law school.

In short, while very few job applications will list a B.A. in philosophy as a requirement for employment, any job that requires clear thinking skills, effective oral and written communication skills, and an ability to solve problems in the absence of step-by-step instructions will be a perfect fit for a philosophy major.

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