Digging Deep into Philosophy

Student commenting in a Philosophy class

Explore the fundamental questions about ourselves and our place in society and the world.


Regis College’s Philosophy department offers a curriculum of study fostering exploration in ethics, social-political philosophy, and the history of philosophy. Our department’s work is deeply rooted in Regis’s mission and vision, and we see philosophy as primarily concerned with the question at the heart of Jesuit education: “How ought we to live?” From introductory courses to advanced majors seminars, students in Philosophy courses at Regis learn how to read difficult texts deeply and critically, how philosophy informs their engagement with the world, and how philosophy might be used as a tool in service of responding to injustice and suffering where it appears. Our unique approach is also evidenced in the department’s contribution to the broader curriculum of Regis College, and our commitment to supporting student excellence both in and out of the classroom.

The Philosophy department serves students by offering courses in the Foundational Core, the Integrative Core, and other academic programs in the College, including the Pre-Law minor and the Regis College Honors program. Our commitment to Ignatian principles animates the construction of courses and their delivery in the broad arc of a student’s academic experience at Regis.

Available Areas of Study

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy engages students in conversations and critical evaluation of multiple disciplines. Students are provided a broad knowledge of the history of philosophy, ethical theory, and areas of specific interest.  The program is also designed for those interested in attending graduate school, law school, other professional schools, or who simply have a love of philosophy.  Because of its size, the philosophy major is easily combined with other liberal arts majors.

Minor in Philosophy

The Philosophy Minor is an unstructured minor that requires the completion of four upper level courses.  Because it is unstructured, students can select courses with a broad or narrow focus.  This minor is particularly amenable to combination with other majors, including those in Business, Science, and Health Care.

Minor in Ethics, Politics and Society

The Ethics, Politics, and Society minor is designed to provide knowledge about these three areas. This minor is particularly amenable to combination with other majors, including interdisciplinary majors such as Peace and Justice and Women and Gender Studies. It includes the option of a Philosophical Practicum course, which is designed to make connections between philosophy as a theoretical discipline and its real world applications.

Learn more about our distinguished faculty by viewing the Department of Philosophy faculty profiles.

Philosopher's Stone Endowed Fund and Speakers Series

The Philosopher's Stone Endowed Fund supports the work of current Philosophy majors and minors. The fund underwrites the Philosopher's Stone Speakers Series, which enables to bring dynamic, nationally- recognized philosophers to Regis for public talks and seminars with Philosophy majors, offering students the chance to connect with scholars working in diverse areas of the discipline.


Spring 2019

Regis's Long Conversation: "What Gives You Hope?"

Friday, March 15, 2018; Science Amphitheater
Sponsored by the Philosopher's Stone Endowed Fund, the Regis College Philosophy Department, the Regis College Office of the First Year Experience, and Student Activities

Previous Events


Aaron Conley, Ph.D., Regis College Philosophy Department
"Of Mountains and Mental Health"

Boram Jeong, Ph.D., University of Colorado Denver
"The Temporality of Racialization: Rethinking the Notion of 'People of Color'"

Screening of Examined Life: Philosophy is in the Streets
Sponsored by the Philosopher's Stone Endowed Fund, the Regis College Office of the First Year Experience, and the Regis College Center for Service Learning

George Yancy, Ph.D., Emory University
"Black Bodies, White Gazes: the Risk of Seeing Differently"

Philosophy, Tyranny, and Truth: A Roundtable with Regis College Philosophy Faculty


Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Ph.D., New York University
"Socrates Must Die: the Ethos of the Extraordinary and the Birth of Philosophy"

Maria Talero, Ph.D., Independent Climate Community Educator
"Social Mirroring and Climate Change"


Alumni Roundtable, "Philosophy and Vocation"

Sarah Pessin, Ph.D., University of Denver departments of Philosophy and Judaic Studies
"Levinas: Agonism and the Other/s"

Lisa Guenther, Ph.D., Vanderbilt University 
"Lethal Injection and its Discontents"


Jonathan Lear, Ph.D., University of Chicago 
"Examining the Irony of Radical Hope"

Cynthia Freeland, Ph.D., University of Houston
"Art and Medical Imaging Technology"

Theresa Tobin, Ph.D., Marquette University
"The Nature and Moral Significance of Spiritual Violence"

Recent Student Publications, Student Presentations, and Academic Service

Regis College Philosophy majors and minors receive encouragement and support for presentation and publication of their philosophical work in academic venues. 

Kelley Coakley (RC '21), Tayler Bunge (RC '16) and Erika Guynn (RC '14) have each served as members of the Assistant Editorial Board for STANCE: an International Philosophy Undergraduate Journal. Ms. Coakley works on volume 12 (2019), Ms. Bunge worked on volume 9 (2016), and Ms. Guynn worked on volume 7 (2014).

Celesté Martinez (RC '15) published "Otherness and the Nature of the Multifaceted Self," in Res Cogitans (vol. 6, issue 1 [2015]). Material in Ms. Martinez's article was previously presented at the 2015 Pacific Phusikoi Undergraduate Conference at Pacific University in Forest Grove, Oregon. Her article's abstract is available here.

Richard Spradlin (RC '16) published "Hood Politics: Racial Transformation in Hip-Hop" in STANCE: an International Philosophy Undergraduate Journal, volume 9 (2016). 

Life After Regis

Philosophy majors have the skills to undertake any professional activity. The critical reading, writing and thinking skills serve majors well in law, business, teaching, civil service, journalism, technology, and graduate school. Graduates of Regis's Philosophy department have successful careers in academia and law, in the non-profit sector, in the hospitality industry, and in IT. Alumni of Regis College's Philosophy department have been admitted to graduate programs in Philosophy and other areas of the Humanities.