The department of Philosophy offers a unique opportunity for the serious student. Its courses enable the student to come to an understanding of the historical tradition of fundamental issues in religion, morality, metaphysics, and epistemology; in addition, courses in philosophy are designed to allow students to acquire an increased measure of conceptual clarity, as well as rational belief of their own, about these fundamental issues

A major or a minor in philosophy is recommended to all students who desire to pursue graduate study in any of the disciplines in the Humanities or Social Sciences, and also to those who expect to enter one of the professions—especially law, the ministry, or teaching.

Majors in Philosophy are encouraged to study abroad and the department allows appropriate coursework from approved international programs to apply toward the major. See available programs at

Lisa Heldke ’82Professor507-933-7029web
Peg O'ConnorProfessor507-933-7573
Tommy Valentini ’02The Steve Wilkinson Endowed Professor of Sports Ethics and Tennis507-933-6446
Joshua BrownAssociate Professor and Department Chair507-933-7485
Jon Ivan GillAssistant Professor507-933-7649
Michael ShafferVisiting Associate Professor2036687710
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Deane CurtinEmeritus Professor
Laurent DecheryProfessor Emeritus
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