Department of Philosophy

In general, philosophers seek to understand the world and their place in it. Philosophy is the foundation of every field of study and trains its critical perspective on every aspect of human experience. Philosophers explore the nature of reality, truth, beauty or justice, the constitution of knowledge, the nature and existence of the world, human freedom, good and evil, the existence of God, personal mortality, human nature, social and political activity, and the extent of human understanding.

The Philosophy Department at Villanova University provides a congenial setting for those students interested in philosophical questions. In addition to an undergraduate program leading to a major, a minor or a double major in Philosophy, our Department offers courses which satisfy the core requirements in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Villanova School of Business, the Villanova College of Engineering and the Villanova College of Nursing.

The courses in our Department also satisfy requirements for majors in Cognitive Science, Computing Science, Environmental Sciences and Criminal Justice. Finally, they fulfill elective requirements in the Ethics Program, the Honors Program, the Center for Peace and Justice Education and Women’s Studies.

Philosophy is the only department in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences with a graduate program leading to a Ph.D. Doctoral candidates in our program specialize in the study of the History of Philosophy, Continental as well as Analytic Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy and Aesthetics.


The Philosophy Department is hiring!  The department has two open positions: (1) Clinical Bioethics, and (2) Classical Phenomenology.  We are interested in diversifying our course offerings and expanding our interdisciplinary reach.  For more information, please see the full job ads.  Contact:

In Memoriam

Helen Lang, Professor of Philosophy
Professor Helen Lang passed away June 20, 2016. Helen's impact on the Villanova community was enormous. Beloved teacher, mentor, and scholar, she inspired countless students in the love of the classics. Helen served the department as chair from 2002-2005 and was also President of the Society for Medieval and Renaissance Philosophy, 2009-2010. A Memorial Conference in Helen’s honor will take place on November 7, 2016 at 2:00 in Falvey Library 205.  The conference will be followed by a reception in Dundale Hall at 6 pm.  All are welcome.

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Department of Philosophy
Villanova University, SAC 108
800 Lancaster Avenue
Villanova, PA 19085

Dr. Sally Scholz, Chairperson
Betsy Fillippo 610-519-4690 Sr.Administrative Assistant
Dr. Yannik Thiem, Graduate Program Director
Terry DiMartino 610-519-8997 Graduate Program Coordinator

Program Offerings

Undergraduate Offerings
B.A. in Philosophy
Minor in Philosophy

Graduate Offerings
Doctoral Program