The Philosophy and Ethics major is the study of critical, reflective thinking and the application of those skills to living a life of meaning and purpose. At the University of Dubuque, your studies will take you into the world of philosophical questioning and ethical reflection. You will leave ready to build a career in many fields, such as law, business, public service, and leadership in for-profit and non-profit organizations.

Making a Difference Through the Study of Philosophy and Ethics
Students and faculty at UD are active in the classroom and the community. Their work contributes to the advancement of critical thinking and a meaningful life. They have explored questions about truth, love, and justice, developed original arguments and ethical reflection, and contributed to the betterment of the UD and Dubuque communities through service-learning.

Degree Distinctive

  • By studying, analyzing, and evaluating the ideas of philosophers, past and present, students in the program develop important skills for thinking about their lives, their careers, and the issues we face in the world.
  • At the end of their course of study, students complete a semester-long service or internship experience, reflect on their college learning, and write an essay to articulate a framework for moral decision-making.

Career Opportunities

  • Legal Profession
  • Business Management
  • Information Technology
  • Government Service
  • Public Policy Analysis and Development
  • Teaching at Primary, Secondary, and University Levels
  • Medicine
  • Social Work
  • Ministry

Resources

Philosophy, Politics, and History Faculty/Staff

Christine Darr

Christine DarrDepartment Head for Philosophy, Politics, and History Associate Professor of Philosophy

Phone: 563.589.3305 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: Philosophy, Politics, and History Office: 330 Severance Hall

Credentials

PhD, University of Iowa; BA, Northwestern College.

Roger Ebertz

Roger EbertzProfessor of Religion

Phone: 563.589.3669 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: Philosophy, Politics, and History Office: 323 Severance Hall

Credentials

PhD, University of Nebraska; MA, University of Nebraska; MDiv, Fuller Theological Seminary; BA, Carleton College.

Brian Hallstoos

Brian HallstoosAssociate Professor of History

Phone: 563.589.3855 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: Philosophy, Politics, and History Office: 313 Severance Hall

Credentials

PhD, University of Iowa; MA, Rutgers University; BA, University of Minnesota - Morris.

Adam SmithAssociate Professor of Political Science

Phone: 563.589.3796 Fax: 563.589.3416 Department: Philosophy, Politics, and History Office: 334 Severance Hall

Credentials

PhD, Brandeis University; MA, Institute for Christian Studies; BA, Olivet Nazarene University.