A group of Philosophy students engage in discussion.

The Philosophy department offers interesting courses that help students better understand the world and their place in it.

The Philosophy major is particularly appropriate for students who are serious about their intellectual life, interested in the liberal arts, and challenged by questions about the foundations of nature and human experience. The study of philosophy emphasizes critical thinking, argumentation, analysis, deliberation, interpretation, understanding and careful written expression of issues and ideas. 

Our faculty engage with many different arguments for the existence of God, the nature of human beings, the relationship between knowledge and truth, the essence of justice and the good as well as the value of beauty in nature and the arts. Above all, the faculty in our department are committed to excellence in the teaching of philosophy and eager to share their passion for philosophical inquiry.


Philosophy courses teach students to analyze difficult texts, to write clearly and precisely, to defend their views with cogent arguments and to take pleasure in the struggle with complex ideas and questions.

Because of the interdisciplinary nature of philosophy, the department welcomes and encourages double majors. With the permission of the chair, philosophy majors may count up to two related courses from the second major toward fulfillment of the philosophy major requirements.

The philosophy major allows students to pursue their particular interests, encourages the study of diverse and underrepresented voices, and adapts easily to study abroad programs. 

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

John Carvalho, PhD, Chairperson
Alexandra Penkalskyj 610-519-4690 Sr. Administrative Assistant