Student Profiles

WHY STUDY PHILOSOPHY? Our students respond in their own words:

Rachael Yonek, BA 2018

Since graduating I’ve moved to Nashville, Tennessee where I have started the PhD program in Philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Studying philosophy at Seattle U opened up my world to new questions, perspectives, and methodologies. It’s difficult for me not to go on endlessly about how much I love and cherish SU’s Philosophy department. The Philosophy department is where I found my ideal academic experience. The faculty challenged me with both fun puzzles and penetrating questions. They expected the best of my writing. I truly feel like I was raised and supported by a community of people I admire so deeply. The Philosophy department offers a thorough and stimulating academic program, but does so while educating and attending to the whole person. After meeting many people from other undergraduate philosophy programs, I can confirm something I’d already suspected: SU’s Philosophy department is something special. The people involved and the genuine care they show transformed this excellent program into one of the most important formative experiences of my life.


Maggie Roberts, current student

When I came to SU I thought that philosophy would be far too advanced for me, but through the mentorship of multiple faculty members, I found that that is the precise reason one should study philosophy: to grapple with questions that have persisted through time. The most exciting realization I had when I declared my major was that philosophy is not too advanced for anyone. Philosophy is unique as a discipline because the questions that you consider will apply to all other disciplines that you study. Also, I particularly love how personable the faculty members are.  It’s an honor to be a part of the department!