• Philosophy

    Philosophy is the critical examination of the most fundamental questions humans ask: What is the nature of reality? How should people treat one another? How do we know anything?

    The goal of Hamline’s Philosophy Department is to help students improve their consideration of these issues by examining the reasons they, and others, have for thinking as they do. By increasing the care with which they consider ideas, philosophy students deepen their understanding of themselves, others, and the questions and answers they formulate.

    At Hamline, your professors will provide a rigorous education in philosophical thinking that also connects with local and global concerns such as sustainability and social justice. You will become familiar with the historical texts and mainstream approaches of philosophy and also explore challenges and alternatives to the tradition. The study of philosophy will help you develop critical reading, writing, and oral communication skills while connecting philosophical work to other disciplines.

    A Philosophy major prepares you for any profession in which critical analysis, clear communication, and attention to fundamental questions are important, including law, medicine, journalism, and government service. Approximately one-third of Hamline philosophy majors pursue graduate study in philosophy in preparation to teach at the college or university level. Hamline philosophy students also often major in another field and take a philosophy major to complement their studies.

  • News

    Duane Cady '68, professor emeritus of philosophy and alumnus, spoke at the University of Otago in Dunedin, New Zealand, about the "Intersections of Racism, Sexism, and Warism."

    Hamline University professors Sam Imbo, Suda Ishida, and Joe Peschek participated in an international workshop on Trumping of America - How Populism Transforms Political Debates. The workshop was hosted at Universitat Trier, Germany on February 21-22, 2017. Communication studies senior Sarah Campbell was also given an opportunity to present her research on Trump's refugee and immigrant rhetoric. 

    Hamline students secured an impressive array of summer internships in fields from law and criminal justice, to biochemistry and business.