The Major Program in Philosophy

At Loyola Marymount University the Philosophy Major Program aims to prepare students for graduate study in Philosophy.

Graduates of the program have pursued further studies at Boston College, Emory University, Fordham University, Catholic University, St. Louis University, UC Santa Barbara, University of Toronto, University of Notre Dame, Marquette University, New School for Social Research, San Francisco State University, UC San Diego, Claremont Graduate School, UC Riverside, Loyola University in Chicago, and University of Pennsylvania. Graduate professors at distinguished institutions have noted the excellent preparation our graduates bring to advanced studies. Seven of our graduates have been awarded Lonergan Fellowships for graduate study at the M.A. level at Boston College.

Graduates of our program have held or presently hold teaching positions in Philosophy Departments at Catholic University in Washington, D.C., Purdue University, UC Santa Cruz, Fordham University, University of Notre Dame, St. Mary's University in Minnesota, Carnegie Mellon, St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, University of Vera Cruz in Mexico, Santa Clara University, Providence College, Marquette University, and here at Loyola Marymount.

The Major Program also prepares students for a wide range of careers in such fields as Management, Systems Analysis, Education, Government, Medicine, Publishing and, especially, Law. Reliable studies have shown Philosophy to be one of the best pre-Law majors. Many of our graduates are currently practicing law, and several are serving as judges. Philosophy majors are typically among the highest achievers on the Law School Admissions Test [LSAT].


Symbolic Logic [PHIL 221]
A course in elementary modern logic, including the logic of truth functions and quantification theory, and their application to arguments in ordinary English.

Ancient Philosophy [PHIL 381]
A study of pre-Socratic thought, Plato, and Aristotle.
Medieval Philosophy [PHIL 383]
A study of the major philosophical movements from Augustine to Ockham.
Modern Philosophy I [PHIL 385]
A study of 17th century Rationalism and 18th century Empiricism.
Modern Philosophy II [PHIL 387]
A study of Kant and post-Kantian developments, including 19th century German Idealism.

Five electives in Philosophy, at least three of which must must be upper-division courses taken at LMU.


To graduate with Honors in Philosophy, a Philosophy major must maintain a GPA in Philosophy of 3.3, enroll in the PHIL 500 Senior Thesis Project in place of one of the upper-division electives, and receive at least a grade of B+ on the thesis. An overall GPA of C [2.0] is required for students wishing to declare and maintain a Philosophy major.