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Bachelor of Art in Philosophy

Students majoring in philosophy develop critical thinking skills that are essential in all aspects of their personal, political, and professional lives.

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As people, we often have this burden of irony where we aren’t allowed to care about things we really care about. We aren’t allowed to think deeply because it’s “silly.” But, there’s no irony in Finlandia’s philosophy classes. Instead, they are a space where you can really dive into the ideas you already have. The whole goal of Finlandia’s Philosophy program is to draw those ideas out of you and help you determine the meaning behind them.


The Philosophy major is designed specifically to respond to the university’s attempt to educate the whole person and foster intellectual growth. As such, it is flexible enough to provide a sufficient training for those who choose to pursue a career directly after college as well as to those who wish to pursue graduate education in philosophy. Potential graduate students and those who do not anticipate going to graduate school will be trained in how to read difficult philosophical texts, formulate logically sound arguments, and write persuasive papers on philosophical topics. All philosophy majors will gain a wide grounding in the history of philosophy, knowledge of contemporary philosophically pressing issues, and an understanding of not only how arguments work but how to think critically themselves. Philosophy majors go on to be lawyers, professors, systems analysts, MBAs, and more.


“A philosophy education at Finlandia can prepare students for their future careers and at the same time help students develop their own worldview. I’m so happy when students come to my office and send me emails to discuss different readings and ideas that have inspired them. We are a small institution on purpose: a major goal of each professor is to give one-on-one attention to students as they need it. I love that about my job here: I want to help students flourish in my classroom, at Finlandia, and in their lives.”

Patricia Grosse


Finlandia’s Philosophy program provides students with the proper curriculum to prepare them for graduate school, if they wish to attend. The courses are designed specifically to ensure that students are understanding the philosophical concepts that will be needed later down the line for graduate school. You can expect to take unique courses such as Existentialism, Philosophy of Sex and Gender, and Biomedical Ethics.

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SCAS Lecture Series 2020
SCAS to Host Spring Lecture Series Beginning in March

February 27, 2020

Finlandia University’s Suomi College of Arts and Sciences (SCAS) will be hosting a lecture series showcasing four assistant professors from mid-March until early April in the Chapel of St.Matthew. The Assistant Professors presenting include Dr. Jeff Pettibone (Psychology), Dr. Patricia Grosse (Philosophy), Dr. Mike Reay (Sociology), and Dr. Carolyn Dekker (English). The lectures are free and open to the public.

SCAS Lecture Series Schedule Thursday, March 12, 4:30 PM

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February 06, 2020

Finlandia University has been named a Top 30 Liberal Arts College in the Midwest according to Great Value Colleges.

“Finlandia is honored to be included in the list of the Top 30 Liberal Arts Colleges in the Midwest, as presented by Great Value College,” said Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Fredi deYampert. “Finlandia is indeed a great value. We are the only liberal arts university in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Our tuition is competitive and the quality of […] Read More

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February 06, 2019

Dan Weldon (‘17) is an ambitious man. As a Regulatory Controls Manager at J.P. Morgan in Chicago, he is showing that a degree in sociology can be beneficial in the business world.

Weldon, originally from northern Chicago, transferred to Finlandia University after spending two years majoring in business at the University of Pittsburgh.

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  • Creative Insight/Analytical and Critical Thinking: Demonstrate critical thinking skills by showing the ability to analyze and evaluate arguments.
  • Communication/Analytical and Critical Thinking: Formulate a personal worldview that is coherent, reasonable, and defendable.
  • Global Perspective/Creative Insight: Identify the various historical traditions of philosophy and differentiate between them.
  • Creative Insight/Personal Perspective/Global Perspective: Apply knowledge from ethical and philosophical theories to everyday situations.
  • Analytical and Critical Thinking: Compare and contrast philosophies from the past and present.
  • Personal Perspective/Creative Insight: Assess differing philosophical systems according to legitimacy and practicality.



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Faculty and Staff

Patricia Grosse

Assistant Professor in Philosophy

Jason Oyadomari

Associate Professor of Biology & Dean of Suomi College of Arts and Sciences
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