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“ Without Holy Names, I don't think I could be the person I am today. The humanistic program made me a well-rounded person with a holistic view. I found I wanted to help people and my brilliant professors showed me how to do it.”
Nga B. Do '98

Bachelor's Degree in Philosophy

Philosophy begins with wonder — about big and basic questions: What can we know? How should we live? What is really real? And what really matters? Philosophical questions are at the heart of all liberal learning, probing the frameworks and presuppositions of other special studies. They are also at the heart of every student’s personal quest for wisdom through an “examined life.” And our philosophy courses offer students ample opportunity to examine their lives through challenging but rewarding readings, discussions, and assignments.

At HNU, students may pursue the study of Philosophy as part of their General Education, as a full major, as part of a self-designed major, or as a minor.

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