About the deparment
Philosophy at St. Mary's
What can I do with a philosophy degree?
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 Major's Brochure

Majors' projects

The Majors' Portfolio

Core Knowledge Assessment
Majors' performance on Graduate and Professional Schools Admissions Tests
The Major's Trajectory

The Philosophical Gourmet

Graduate School Check List
I'm not going to graduate school


The Philosophy Honor Society
Phi Signma Tau

The Totten Prize
Some famous philosophy majors


Some Notable Philosophy Majors

We' ve shown you what graduates can do with their philosophy degree. The truth is, you can do ANYTHING with your degree. Here are a few examples of people who earned a degree in philosophy and what they are doing now. Recognize any of these names?

Pacemakers and Change Agents

Kristin M. Baker, first female brigade commnder West Point

Bob Moses, Civil Rights Activist
Carol Heckman, First woman U.S. Magistrate in the Western District
Stokley Carmichael/Kwame Ture, Civil Rights activist
Michael Murphy, Co-founder, Eslen Institute



Juan Williams -- NPR host "Talk of the Nation," wrier, journalist (Washington Post)
Bruce Lee,
martial arts & actor
Gene Siskel, Movie Critic
Jeff Smith, Host, the Frugal Gourmet
Steve Thomas--Host, This Old House
Alex Trebek--Host Jeoprady
Stone Philips, Broadcaster


Lachan Murdock, Media mangnate & executive
George Soros
--Financier & Money Manager
Christy Haubegger, Publisher Latina and Entrepreneur
Carly Fiorina, CEO, Hewlett-Packard
Moses Znaimer--Owner of CITY-TV and MUCH-MUSIC, Toronto


Gertrude Himmelfarb--Historian
Michael Spense - Economist, Nobel Prize (2001)
C. Vann Woodward--Historian


William Bennett--Secretary of Education and Head of the Drug Enforcement Agency
Rudy Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York
Angela Davis--Social Activist and Politcial Philsopher

Jules Debray--Writer and Government Official, France
Thomas Jefferson--U.S. President
Aung San Suu Kyi--Human Rights Activist, Nobel Peace Prize Winner (2002)
Robert MacNamara-- Secretary of Defense and Head of the World Bank
John Silber--Candidate for Governor of Massachusetts and President of Boston University
David Souter--Supreme Court Justice
Stephen Bryer, Surpreme Court Justice



Mary Higgins Clark--Mystery Writer
Ethan Coen--Film Maker
Arthur Davis, African-American writer & educator
Deepa Mehta, Indo-Canadian filmmaker
Umberto Eco--Novelist and Semiologist
Ken Follett--British Writer
Michael Frayn--Novelist
Northrup Frye--Literary Critic
Martin Gardner--Essayist
Philip Glass--Composer
Rebecca Goldstein--Novelist
Claude Lanzsmann--Film Maker
Charles Johnson, African-American auhtor; contributor to founding os discipline of "Black Stuides"
Ira Levin--Writer
Iris Murdoch--Novelist
Steve Reich--Composer
Meyer Schapiro--Art Critic
Wallace Shawn--Playwright and Actor
Susan Sontag--Writer
David Foster Wallace--Novelist
Robert Motherwell
-- Painter



Joseph Bernardin--Cardinal, Chicago
Mircea Eliade--Religious Studies
Michael Lerner--Editor/Publisher Tikkun Magazine
George Pires, Nobel Peace Prize (1958)
Madelyn Murray O'Hair-- Famous Atheist
Pope John Paul II--Vicar of Christ



Nobel Prize Winners

Rudolph Euken (Literature 1908)
Pearl Buck (Literaure 1937)
Albert Schweitzer (Peace, 1952)
Jean-Marie Lehn (Chemistry 1987)
P. Michael Spense (Economics 2001)
Aung San Suu Kyi (Peace, 2002


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For more information or to contribute to this one going project contact

James B. Sauer
Department of Philosophy
St. Mary's University
One Camino Santa Maria
San Antonio, Texas 78228-8566