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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.


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.

  • About: Philosophy
  • Meet the Faculty
  • 3 Things: Philosophy
  • Career Opportunities
Dunne, Thomas Aquinas

Dunne, Thomas Aquinas

Professor of Philosophy248-799-5490
Kling, Jennifer

Kling, Jennifer

Assistant Professor of Philosophy517-264-7681
Mayer, Patrick

Mayer, Patrick

Assistant Professor of Philosophy; Program Chair517-264-7623
#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.

Additional Info


  • Bachelor of Arts


  • Division of Humanities


Meet Siena

Faculty & Staff

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Michael Winstrom

Associate Professor of Philosophy


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Gabrielle Davis, '85

Philosophy Graduate; Attorney and Educator; Domestic Violence Prevention Advocate
Contact Us at (800) 521-0009.
Siena Heights University Main Campus. 1247 E. Siena Heights Dr. Adrian, MI 49221.