The study of philosophy encourages students to think deeply and critically about reality, our relationship to the world, reasoning, and values. The Ethics Minor combines a focus on questions about how we ought to live our lives with the flexibility to pursue your personal philosophical interests.

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What You'll Study

A wide-ranging examination of areas such as environmental, political, and social ethics


Faculty bring a wide variety of perspectives to the field.

The Philosophy faculty have a wide variety of interests, including metaphysics, epistemology, theoretical and applied ethics, aesthetics, the history of philosophy, and public philosophy (e.g., philosophy for children). 

Judith Norman
Judith Norman, Ph.D.
Department Chair
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Joseph B. Bullock, Ph.D.
Visiting Assistant Professor
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Ewing Chinn, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
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Lawrence Kimmel, Ph.D.
Professor Emeritus
Headshot of Ronni Gura Sadovsky
Ronni Gura Sadovsky, J.D./Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Student Opportunities

Explore your interests through research, internships, and more.

Research Opportunities

Faculty encourage students to attend philosophy conferences and submit their work to reputable undergraduate journals. Undergraduate philosophy...


Philosophy for Children

In a unique service-learning class, students learn the theory and practice of teaching philosophy to children. Students...

Student Organizations

The student-led Philosophy Club is open to all Trinity students and meets regularly to hold discussions and socialize with other students interested...

Student Awards and Recognition

Annual Hemlock Award for Best Philosophical Essay

Each year, the Philosophy faculty recognize outstanding philosophical work by awarding the...

Lecture Series and Annual Events

Stieren Arts Enrichment Series

The annual Stieren Arts Enrichment Series hosts an array of artistic talent, but also features an internationally...

When You Graduate

Philosophy prepares you for a good life – in every respect

Philosophy builds skills in critical thinking, comprehension, problem solving, and oral and written communication that are essential for any career, and also enables you to critically consider the values that will guide you through life.

Career Areas:

  • Academia
  • Communications
  • Healthcare
  • Information Science
  • Journalism
  • Policy and Law
  • Social Work




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