Internationally recognized for excellence in scholarship and teaching, the School of Philosophy at The Catholic University of America offers both civil and ecclesiastical degrees at the bachelor's, master's (or licentiate), and doctoral levels. Each program of study involves extensive engagement with thinkers and texts from all periods of philosophy: ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary.

In course offerings ranging from ethics and political philosophy to phenomenology and metaphysics, students join faculty in seeking a more adequate understanding of the divine, the human person, and the world in its human involvement.

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    Undergraduate Programs

    The School of Philosophy offers undergraduate degrees in philosophy and philosophy/pre-law, as well as a philosophy minor.

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  • Philosophy Minor

    The minor requires six courses and includes any courses students take to fulfill the Catholic University Philosophy Requirement.

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    Graduate Programs

    The School of Philosophy offers master’s (or licentiate) and doctoral degrees, and a dual degree in philosophy and law.

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    Programs for Seminarians

    The School of Philosophy offers several programs of interest to seminarians and religious, including the Bachelor of Philosophy (Ph.B.) and the Licentiate in Philosophy (Ph.L.). The Pre-Theology Certificate Program is geared specifically to those seeking a formation in philosophy in view of ordination. The Basselin Program is open to highly qualified diocesan seminarians who have completed two years of an undergraduate degree.

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    Read course descriptions and find current and future course schedules.

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