James Darcy
Graduate News

2011 Philosophy Graduate James Darcy was recently invited to join the Jefferson Society of Fellows at the University of Virginia where he is pursuing a Ph.D. in philosophy.


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

Read what one of our alums has to say about her philosophy degree

CSB/SJU Philosopher Steve Wagner will give a talk titled “I think, therefore I am”- Why Should I Care?" on Thursday, March 12, as part of the spring Forum Program.  His talk will begin at 4:15pm in the Little Theatre at SJU (Q346).  Please click on the Upcoming Events tab on the left side of our home page to find out more about his Descartes talk.

The Minnesota Undergraduate Philosophy Conference will be held Saturday April 11, 2015 at Gustavus Adolphus College.   Go to our upcoming events page to find out more information about the conference and how to submit a paper for it.

Click here to check out the photos on the CSB/SJU Facebook page from our May 1, 2014, Annual World Seroius of Wiffleball game.  The philosophers were victorious!

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 John Houston 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 2014/15 are:
President ~ David Wesson
Vice President ~ Tanner Wright
Secretary/Treasurer ~ Patrick Martin


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.

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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