Ask the Big Questions with Us

Providing thought-provoking classes that stretch the imagination and challenge the intellect is at the core of Webster University’s Department of Philosophy mission and vision. With us, “why” questions are always welcome and vibrant; respectful conversations are the norm.

Explore below to learn more about our programming, which is a popular academic choice at our University because having a philosophical background helps our students communicate more effectively in their current (or future) professional roles.

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Annual Philosophy Conference

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For more than 15 years, philosophy students have planned and executed the annual Philosophy Conference. In addition to having a guest speaker, the conference — which recently became in-person and virtual — provides students from across the globe the opportunity to present on a variety of topics grounded in philosophy.


16th in the Midwest

Webster University continues to be highly ranked on the U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges report, now listed as 16th in Midwest Regional Universities and included in four best-of categories. This year, the University's score rose to its highest level since the ranking system was established.


Undergraduate Major and Minor

Students with a major in philosophy select: art and creativity; ethics and social justice; or an individualized emphasis. Students who choose philosophy as their second major may satisfy a significant number of requirements through completion of GCP (Global Citizenship Program) courses.

We offer a minor in philosophy (which may be completed fully online).  Students who minor in philosophy may satisfy a significant number of requirements through completion of GCP (Global Citizenship Program) courses.

Elspeth Furey
The Pauline and Francis Lonsway Endowed Scholarship Recipient

“My time at Webster has broadened my mind and inflamed my passion to make the world a better and kinder place for all the beings who call it home.”

Elspeth Furey
Elspeth Furey

BA in Philosophy, emphasis in Ecofeminism, ‘22

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Center for Ethics

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Our Center for Ethics' mission is to stimulate dialogue, encourage awareness, and promote critical thinking about ethical issues. We aim to inspire reflection about ethical dilemmas and help bring together people generally separated by disciplinary boundaries.

We serve as a collaboration resource within the University and throughout the broader community, urging participants to identify their responsibilities as global citizens.

Pearson House

Pearson House

Pearson House

The Pearson House is located off of Big Bend Boulevard at the northeast corner of the Webster Groves campus.

8260 Big Bend Blvd.
Webster Groves, MO 63119


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