At Mount Mercy, the philosophy major is designed to pair with a second major, enabling you to delve into issues related to such areas as business, science, and criminal justice. Students who study applied philosophy at Mount Mercy have the opportunity to work one-on-one with a faculty member on a major interdisciplinary research project during their senior year.

You will apply philosophical thinking to your area of interest, usually your second major. You will work one-on-one with one of the philosophy faculty while conducting this research and writing. Through your research and studies you will learn to articulate with clarity and depth - in writing and in speech - your own philosophical positions. Some examples from recent students include:

  • A study of the relationship between process philosophy and the literary theory called New Historicism
  • Issues in business ethics
  • The theory of human nature that is presupposed in a psychological theory
  • An examination of the ethics of intellectual property issues like copying software
  • An ethical examination of the Just War Theory
  • The ethics of cloning humans

Through projects like this, students will see the value of philosophical thinking in real-life issues. Additionally, you will present the results of your research to the Mount Mercy community before graduation.