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What will I learn?

What will I study?

The Philosophy program at Sacred Heart provides a place and the tools for you to reflect comprehensively and rigorously about many of the profound questions that we have asked and pursued as a human family over the centuries. Philosophy also provides the conceptual tools to understand our lived experiences and disclose dimensions of meaning hidden in our everyday lives.

The program provides a broad range of electives, dealing with historical movements, great philosophical figures of the past and present, perennial philosophical themes, and contemporary issues. Courses are offered in the major branches of philosophy: logic, epistemology, ethics, anthropology, and metaphysics, among others. The major has a requirement of 30 credits and can easily combine with a second major and with any minor or concentration.

Why choose Philosophy at SHU?

Philosophy students are among the highest performing students on standardized tests such as the LSAT, GRE and GMAT because Philosophy enables you to think critically and logically. With Philosophy you gain tools to help you clarify and solve problems in any professional field and Philosophy helps you probe deeper questions about the human person, existence, God and the lived human experience.

The full-time faculty at Sacred Heart has degrees from top philosophy programs. They are active in publishing books and articles and in presenting at national and international conferences. Most importantly, they are highly accessible to their students. They tailor their mentorship of each major and minor to the particular academic needs and aspirations of that student. We encourage you to consider the opportunity our program offers you: to do the most challenging and potentially the most rewarding thinking you have done so far in your life.

Will I have internship opportunities?

Yes, students in all majors are encouraged to complete an internship. We encourage you to speak to your advisor and the department chair about opportunities that are relevant to Philosophy students. If you are interested in pursuing an internship, you should contact the Career Development and Placement Center for assistance in finding appropriate opportunities. Any internship for credit must also be approved in advance by the academic department.

What are my career opportunities with a Philosophy degree?

Besides gaining many critical work skills, you could:

  • Go to law school
  • Earn a graduate degree in Philosophy
  • Attend Business school
  • Pursue a career in Administration/Management
  • Pursue a career in Government

Our graduates have been hired for full-time positions at Fordham University, Catholic University of America, and Villanova University. Students who have recently graduated from the program have gone on to graduate studies in philosophy at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and St. John's College in New Mexico.

Will I have research opportunities?

Yes, our students take specific high-level classes, including a major capstone, providing them with the opportunity to write original research papers. One student recently presented her paper on the meaning of ethics to a philosophy conference at the College of the Holy Cross.

Which department am I in?

College of Arts and Sciences

Study options

Full Time (At least 120 credits)

Tuition fees
US$42,800.00 per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected February, May 2022


Sacred Heart University

5151 Park Avenue,



06825, United States

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have completed the equivalent of a United States secondary-school education (approximately twelve years of formal education) and have the appropriate diploma or satisfactory results on leaving examinations.

English language proficiency: TOEFL score of 550 on the paper-based test or 80 on the TOEFL iBT, IELTS - 6.5, PTE - 62, iTEP - 5, ELS English for Academic Purposes - Level 112, Cambridge Advanced English – 58.

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About Sacred Heart University

With an employability record of 95% at the Institution, Sacred Heart graduates secure jobs soon after completing their studies.

  • 4th among ‘Most Innovative Universities’ in the North USA
  • Has a 15:1 student to faculty ratio
  • Home to a total of over 8,000 students
  • Home to award-winning halls of residence