Bob Jansen

Philosophy (minor)

The study of Philosophy offers students an opportunity to investigate fundamental questions about reality, truth, and value. Further, the discipline of Philosophy promotes serious and sustained reflection upon the formation and application of ideas. At SJC, our Philosophy courses are designed to meet the needs of those wishing to approach liberal education through Philosophy, those desiring an intensive study of Philosophy to prepare for graduate study in some other field (e.g. law, theology, or education), and those seeking preparation for careers as teachers or writers in Philosophy.



Only available as a minor

Why Philosophy?

  • 1Students who study Philosophy develop critical thinking and problem solving skills needed in every field of work.
  • 2Philosophy students examine why the world is the way it is. Thus, they gain insight into themselves and those around them.
  • 3Studying Philosophy will open numerous doors for you. For example, many Philosophy students go to law school, pursue graduate studies, or use their undergraduate degrees as preparation for business work, where skills to write and think clearly are essential.

Careers in Philosophy

  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Writer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Purdue University
  • Harvard University
  • Loyola University
  • St. Louis University
  • New York University

Why Study Philosophy at Saint Joseph's College?


Our Philosophy minor focuses on the discovery and nurturing of reason, analytical thought, and investigating fundamental values and truth. That said, the study of Philosophy is applicable to countless career paths, including business, law, education, and more. Students who minor in Philosophy at SJC are often Psychology or Political Science majors.

Similar Studies

Philosophy and Religion – major that offers students the opportunity to investigate the ultimate questions about life, reality, truth, and value in a systematic way. The major is ideal for those who are interested in pursuing graduate studies in Philosophy or a variety of Philosophy-related careers.  

Where Philosophy Meets Core

A minor in Philosophy is an excellent complement to SJC’s Core Program. Both Core and our Philosophy minor are designed to teach students to investigate some of life’s ultimate questions in a logical, systematic way. As a result, our Philosophy minors become skilled in analysis and critical thinking.

Dedication to Excellence

SJC’s Philosophy alumni have a history of success. For example, most of our Philosophy alumni pursue graduate studies in Philosophy or attend law school. In order to prepare our students for their future endeavors, we offer classes such as Introductory Logic. The class teaches students the values and skills of valid reasoning through logic and is an excellent foundation for students preparing for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).  

Faculty and Class Size

Our Department of Philosophy and Religion consists of professors and clergy who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise. In classes ranging between 7 and 10 students, our Philosophy and Religion faculty members can tailor classes to meet students’ needs and give their students the personal attention they deserve.

Adam Ruggles '12

Adam Ruggles '12

Graduate in Political Science and Philosophy


Adam attends Saint Louis University School of Law and plans on specializing in health law. "Getting to know SJC professors made learning more enjoyable. By the end of my years at SJC, professors were more like friends."

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  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

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    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

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    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.