The Department of Philosophy is considered the best department in the English-speaking world for the study of the philosophy of religion.
Notre Dame’s Department of Philosophy is not just for any one group of students. Rather, our faculty is here to work with all Notre Dame students, whether they be undergraduates taking a required philosophy course, philosophy majors, or graduate students pursuing their Ph.D.s.
Our classes help students acquire basic cultural literacy, enhance their abilities to articulate and reflect on the fundamental problems of human existence, and allow them to take their place as citizens capable of critically evaluating arguments which bear on public affairs.
Home to a top-15 graduate program, the Department of Philosophy is considered the best department in the English-speaking world for the study of the philosophy of religion, and its Center for Philosophy of Religion is the premier center of its kind. Many of the department’s other subfields are also ranked among the world’s best.
During the course of their undergraduate study, all Notre Dame students complete two philosophy courses. Nearly 250 undergraduates then choose to major in Philosophy. Many others explore the intersection of philosophy and other fields by completing an interdisciplinary minor.
The Graduate Program in Philosophy is one of the best in the world. Since 1991, 68% of graduates have continued on to tenure-track positions. The uniqueness of the department’s philosophical culture, its strength in so many areas of philosophy, the outstanding reputations of its most visible faculty, and its depth at the more junior levels attract some of the nation's most talented graduate students.
The Department of Philosophy is home to over 40 faculty members, many world-renowned for excellence in their respective fields. Philosophy faculty edit several journals Notre Dame Philosophical Reviews, the Notre Dame Journal of Formal Logic, and the International Yearbook of German Idealism, and participate in the activities of research centers and institutes.