College of Philosophy and Letters

A Long Tradition of Serving the Church

Founded in 1889, Saint Louis University’s College of Philosophy and Letters oversees undergraduate and graduate programs that are oriented by the Jesuit commitment to intelligent service of faith and justice in dialogue with culture.

Our programs provide both the philosophical and intellectual background needed for further studies in theology and ministry. Our options for students who envision a future in areas of ministry and service to the Church include:

  • For future priests, the philosophical requirements for ordination.
  • For servants of the Church, tools for reflecting on contexts of ministry. 
  • For dedicated Catholics, opportunities to integrate your wider studies and interests with your faith.

For those with a general interest in philosophy, contact the Department of Philosophy in SLU's College of Arts and Science.

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