The nation’s only Catholic school of philosophy contributes in multiple ways to the university’s distinctive academic mission. Thanks to our outstanding faculty, our doctoral program is one of the very best of its kind, and has placed graduates in colleges, universities and seminaries across the nation. Yet we are no less committed to undergraduate education, as is evident from our integral and integrating role in the common liberal arts curriculum, from the ethics courses we teach in the Schools of Engineering and Nursing, and from a thriving major program. In our teaching and writing, we strive to advance the dialogue of Christian faith and human reason, which is why an impressive number of seminarians and religious seek philosophical formation from us.

We are animated in all that we do by a confidence that reality is intelligible and that the patient search to understand the world around us contributes immeasurably to the human good. Such an outlook is not exactly fashionable in our skeptical age. Supported by a solid financial foundation built by generous Campaign gifts, the School of Philosophy will nevertheless proudly carry on its more than century-long tradition of scholarly and teaching excellence, preparing students to engage with persons of all faiths, and persons of no faith, in addressing the crucial questions of our age.

Campaign Priorities

New Graduate Scholarships

Enhanced funding opportunities for prospective graduate students will enable the School to meet increasing national competition for the most talented.


New Endowed Faculty Chairs

Two new endowed chairs will build upon the School’s international reputation, thanks to a faculty who are committed to our mission, devoted to teaching, and engaged in outstanding scholarly research and publication.


New Endowed Fund for Lectures, Symposia, and Faculty Research Initiatives

High-level exchanges are invaluable help to test ideas and foster new insights. An endowed fund for that purpose, the School would secure the future of our long-running fall lecture series, and would also allow us to organize special symposia, support faculty participation at academic conferences and congresses elsewhere, and underwrite special research initiatives.


Annual Support for Philosophy

Contributions to the School’s Annual Fund ensure the crucial financial flexibility both to meet immediate needs and to respond with agility to new opportunities.