James Darcy
SJU 2011 Philosophy Graduate - James Darcy

The Colorado Summer Seminar was an intensive philosophy boot camp of sorts. We had three hours of class every day, along with daily discussion groups and a couple of papers. It was a lot of work, but it was incredibly rewarding and enriching to eat, drink, and sleep philosophy for three weeks with a group of people who care just as deeply about the subject as you do. Read more.


Philosophy Department

The history of ideas is the best way to describe our approach to philosophy. And while we stress the fundamentals of philosophical thought by studying its history, we also pursue cutting edge issues around ethics, Asian thought, feminist philosophy, and philosophy of psychology.

We have some of the best and the brightest students in our major because they are attracted to our strengths: thinking and dialogue. If you think you can handle the truth, we can help you develop the mental tools you need to find it.

Philosophy professor Tony Cunningham organized a recreation of the famous fresco "School of Athens" on the steps of the Sacred Heart Chapel featuring faculty, staff, and students from CSB/SJU. Read the full story.

Opportunities & News

The 2014 annual meeting of the Minnesota Undergraduate Philosophical Society will be held Saturday April 26 at Macalester College in St. Paul, MN. The keynote speaker will be David Wong of Duke University. To review more details and full program click here.

Thursday, May 1, 2014 at 4:15 pm
the Annual World Serious of Wiffleball will take place behind the Guild Hall at SJU
CSB/SJU Philosophers (faculty & students) vs. CSB/SJU Historians (faculty & students)
The philosophers are riding a three year winning streak and plan to make it four!  We'll need the help of our current philosophy majors & minors.

Rachel Maddow talks to David Letterman on the importance of philosophy.

Interested in a career in law? Consider a philosophy major. Philosophy majors score extremely well on the LSAT. Please contact Assistant Professor & Pre-Law Advisor Emily Esch if you have any questions.

"The Power of Philosophy": Graphs showing comparative GRE, LSAT & GMAT Scores as well as Salaries and Salary Growth by Undergraduate Major

Philosophy dominates as Best Major for GRE Scores in 2013



Philosophy Club
Officers for 2013/14 are:
President ~ Kate McDermott
Vice President ~ Hannah Christensen
Treasurer ~ Josh Fike
Faculty Advisor ~ Emily Esch
Other members/Extraordinary helpers:
Rob Otting-Crandall
Mone 'Kai Shannon-Thorton
Gretchen Sitzer
Yasas Ratnayake
Tanner Wright
Margaret LoBianco


The mission of Philosophy Club is to facilitate philosophical discussion and debate and to provide CSB/SJU community members opportunities to improve their philosophical knowledge. We will accomplish this through colloquia, reading groups, bringing in at least one off-campus speaker per year, and taking at least one philosophy-related trip per year. Each of our meetings will also include an open forum discussion to allow students the opportunity to explore philosophical questions. We believe philosophical discourse and education in a relaxed club setting will foster wisdom for a lifetime.

Contact the Philosophy Club: philosophy@csbsju.edu

Program Highlights

The Philosophy Department is known for its excellent teaching. Four members of our department have won the Bob Spaeth and Mary Grell teaching awards, the highest per capita percentage of any department.

The Gadfly Newsletter:

Check this out...

Contact Us

Dennis Beach 
Quad 362B, SJU
Philosophy Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

(320) 363-3997

Laura Schmitz
Department Coordinator
Quad 362D, SJU
Philosophy Department
College of Saint Benedict
Saint John's University

(320) 363-3030