Philosophy (Bachelor of Arts)
A Bachelor of Arts (BA) in philosophy at Creighton will introduce you to concepts, arguments and worldviews that will sharpen your ethical vision and help you make critical choices throughout life.
Philosophy often plays a larger role in Jesuit, Catholic universities than at other institutions of higher education. Jesuit universities challenge students to tackle big questions from two perspectives—philosophical and religious. Jesuit education is committed to using both faith and reason in harmony.
Philosophy is a rigorous discipline, and philosophy majors as a group perform very well on entrance exams, including the LSAT, GRE, GMAT and MCAT
Creighton’s BA in philosophy will equip you with skills in analytical writing, careful reading and critical thinking. Philosophy at Creighton combines faith and reason, and can lead you to develop a mature, reflective faith.
Philosophy graduates have a record of success in advanced study leading to professional and managerial positions in law, medicine and business. Recent graduate school placements include:
- Emory University
- Saint Louis University School of Law
- UCLA School of Law
- University of Freiburg
- University of Illinois
- University of Kansas School of Law
- University of Michigan School of Law
The traditional BA philosophy program curriculum is 36 credits.
Program Minors Include:
Applied Ethics Minor
The applied ethics minor provides you with an understanding of applied ethics from the perspectives of philosophy and theology. The minor introduces you to the differences and similarities in philosophical and theological approaches to applied ethics, different theories of ethics in these two disciplines and how to relate the two.
History and Philosophy of Science Minor
This interdisciplinary minor introduces you to the key historical events in the emergence of science and to the philosophical debates about what counts as science, theories of scientific method, realism and anti-realism and the role of values in science.
The philosophy minor will give you an understanding of how philosophers of the past have approached a variety of philosophical problems and an understanding of how a single set of related philosophical problems could be approached in a variety of different ways.
Creighton admissions are based upon:
- High school GPA
- ACT or SAT scores*
- Extracurricular activities
- Personal statement to demonstrate creative abilities not reflected in your transcripts
- Recommendation from high school counselor
- Honors sections and advanced placement courses will enhance a candidate’s application
*For students who are choosing to apply test-optional, ACT/SAT exam scores are not required at the time of application for admission.
Dates & Deadlines
Applications for the fall semester open on Aug. 1 of the prior year. For scholarship consideration, the earlier you complete your undergraduate application, the better. For up-to-date deadlines, visit our admissions page.
Tuition & Financial Aid
Tuition rates are updated each year. Visit our financial aid site to learn more about the cost of attendance.
Creighton University’s Financial Aid Office administers over $200,000,000 in student aid each year from federal, state, institutional and private sources.
To help make your undergraduate studies at Creighton University more affordable, we encourage you to file the FAFSA to apply for financial assistance. A variety of scholarships are also available.
Phi Sigma Tau: Philosophy
The Nebraska Beta Chapter of Phi Sigma Tau provides a non-classroom environment for philosophical discourse and study. Our mission coincides with the Jesuit mission of Creighton University through the quest for truth in all its forms and the integrating vision of the world that such truth provides.
Recent job placements for philosophy graduates include:
- Physicians Mutual Insurance Company
- Applied Underwriters
- Capuchin Franciscan Volunteer Corps
- Jesuit Volunteer Corps
- Omaha City Weekly
- Peace Corps
- Teach for America