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Following the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas and his fellow Dominicans, Aquinas College Philosophy seeks contemplare et contemplata aliis tradereto contemplate and to hand the fruits of contemplation on to others. Inspired by wonder and seeking the truth to be perfected in our nature, we follow Socrates in answering the charge, γνῶθι σεαυτόν (gnōthi seauton)—know thyself. Fundamental questions in Philosophy are ordered to the truth about reason and the person in relation to nature, the good and flourishing of the individual and the community, and God.




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Career Preparation based on leadership

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Student Research

Check out the current and past research that Aquinas students do with faculty to further the world's knowledge.

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Philosophy of Teaching and Learning

How does the Philosophy Department think about teaching and learning? See our guiding principles.



Philosophy is the study of general and fundamental problems, such as existence, knowledge, values, reason, mind, and language. It is distinguished from other manners of addressing such problems by its critical, generally systematic approach and its reliance on rational argument. This foundation leads our students move towards further study, such as philosophy graduate programs, medical school and law school.

Common Career Paths

  • Teaching
  • Research
  • Administration
  • Student affairs
    • Student activities, leadership development, admissions, orientation, career services, residence life, multi-cultural affairs, study abroad, international student services
  • Academic affairs
    • Academic support services
    • Advising
    • Educational advancement programs
    • Honors programs
  • Library sciences


  • Colleges and universities
  • Professional or graduate schools, including medical
  • Adult education programs
  • Vocational-technical educational programs

Source: What Can I Do With This Major?

Student Profiles

Advantage Center

The Advantage Center is here to support you as you pursue your goals in your carreer and beyond. Not sure what you want to do after graduation? The Advantage Center Staff can help you discover a path that is right for you.

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Student Success

Student Success is another excellent resource on the way to your diploma and future career. The Writing Center can help you not only with writing assignments at Aquinas, but also resumes, cover letters, and graduate school applications.