The study of philosophy encourages students to think deeply and critically about reality, our relationship to the world, reasoning, and values. The minor combines a grounding in the history of philosophy with the flexibility to pursue your personal philosophical interests. Because of its emphasis on critical thinking, reading, and writing skills, Philosophy pairs well with virtually any other program of study.

Fast Facts
  • Develop critical-thinking skills essential to a good life.
  • Internationally renowned philosophers visit annually.
  • Philosophy alumni pursue a wide range of careers.
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What You'll Study

Learn about the core areas and history of philosophy, and develop your own philosophical interests.


Faculty bring a wide variety of perspectives to the field.

The Philosophy faculty have a wide variety of interests, including metaphysics, epistemology, theoretical and applied ethics, aesthetics, the history of philosophy, and public philosophy (e.g., philosophy for children). 

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Andrew Kania, Ph.D.
Acting Chair
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Joseph B. Bullock, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Teófilo Reis, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
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Ronni Gura Sadovsky, J.D./Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Explore your interests through research, internships, and more.

Research Opportunities

Faculty encourage students to attend philosophy conferences and submit their work to reputable undergraduate journals. Undergraduate philosophy...

Study Abroad

Philosophy minors regularly study abroad in locations all over the world.


Philosophy for Children

In a unique service-learning class, students learn the theory and practice of teaching philosophy to children. Students study...

Student Organizations

The student-led Philosophy Club is open to all Trinity students and meets regularly to hold discussions and socialize with other students interested...

Student Awards and Recognition

Annual Hemlock Award for Best Philosophical Essay

Each year, the Philosophy faculty recognize outstanding philosophical work by awarding the Hemlock...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Stieren Arts Enrichment Series

The annual Stieren Arts Enrichment Series hosts an array of artistic talent, but also features an internationally...

When You Graduate

Philosophy prepares you for a good life – in every respect

Philosophy builds skills in critical thinking, comprehension, problem solving, and oral and written communication that are essential for any career, and also enables you to critically consider the values that will guide you through life.


A minor in philosophy can be helpful to many students pursuing graduate degrees in business, medicine, or law. The critical thinking skills gained through the study of philosophy are valuable for any industry, and positions held by Trinity alumni are diverse and wide-ranging.

Career Areas:

  • Academia
  • Business
  • Communications
  • Healthcare
  • Information Science
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Policy 
  • Social Work




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