Online Associate of Arts in Philosophy Program | Franciscan University of Steubenville
  • Associate of Arts in Philosophy Online

    The First Step to Your Future

    A Degree With Purpose

    • Do you want to grow in your understanding of God and man, right and wrong, knowledge and freedom, and those challenging ideas that fundamentally shaped Western Civilization?
    • Do you want to obtain a secure foundation upon which to build a deeper knowledge of the faith or the world?
    • Do you want to train your mind to see the world clearly and think through problems systematically?
    • Do you want to prepare for a life in the priesthood, equipping yourself with the philosophy and liberal arts foundation suggested by the USCCB for soon-to-be-seminarians?
    • Do you want to receive an education that will equip you for a lifetime of success in any number of fields?

    Then an Associate of Arts in Philosophy from Franciscan University Online is for you.

    For decades, Franciscan University has been welcoming students from around the world to its campus in Steubenville, Ohio, offering them an academically rich education and life-changing personal and intellectual formation.

    Now, with the Online Associate of Arts in Philosophy degree, we’re bringing that same Franciscan education and formation, with the same world-class professors, to you, wherever God has you.

    Whether you’re a high school student wanting to get a head start on college, a non-traditional student hoping to eventually study on campus, or a young man looking for an intensive, affordable way to complete your propaedeutic year, Franciscan Online puts an AA degree within your reach. .

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    An AA in Philosophy from Franciscan University is:


    The AA in Philosophy Program is fully online. That means you can complete all 60 credit hours on your own schedule, at your own pace, and from your own home. You can even complete an academically intensive track in just one year—an option designed specifically for pre-seminarians. Classes are offered in the spring, summer, and fall, with the option of taking classes one at a time or taking multiple courses concurrently.


    At just $500 per credit hour, tuition is affordably priced, and financial aid is available for those who qualify.


    Whether you choose to take just one course through the online AA program or complete the entire degree program, all credits earned through Franciscan University Online are 100 percent transferable to our on-campus programs. This means that the work you put into an associate degree from Franciscan University Online today is guaranteed to count toward a bachelor’s degree from Franciscan University tomorrow.


    Philosophy studies the thought of the greatest thinkers the world has ever known. It also provides a lesson in problem solving, critical evaluation, clarity and depth of thought, and persuasive argumentation. This is one reason why philosophy majors outscore students from all other humanities majors on the GRE and LSAT. It’s also one reason so many employers seek out philosophy majors, knowing their rigorous intellectual training makes them valuable in many different fields. Whether your future includes a career in business, journalism, law, education, public service, or the Church, a degree in philosophy can help you get there.


    Where Can You Go From Here?

    An AA in Philosophy can take you almost anywhere you want to go. Whether you continue on to earn a bachelor’s degree in philosophy or choose to major in another subject such as theology, business, or political science, beginning your studies with a concentration in philosophy will give you a competitive edge in the classroom and in life.

    Additionally, we’ve designed our online program to meet the needs of those young men who are called to the priesthood, designing our program around philosophy and liberal arts classes specifically recommended by the USCCB in their Program of Priestly Formation.

    Our AA in Philosophy serves as a great foundation for the intellectual formation of future priests, but it is equally grounding for those going into fields such:

    • Law
    • Medicine
    • Education
    • Business
    • Journalism
    • Public Service
    • Theology
    • Mathematics

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  • Philosophy Outcomes

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Franciscan University of Steubenville is no ordinary university, and a Franciscan education is no ordinary education. Rather, it's an education as rigorous and demanding as it is faithful--an education that challenges you intellectually, forms you professionally, and feeds you spiritually.


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