Philosophy (BA)

Why Study Philosophy?

Ponder life’s important questions, and then learn how to question those questions. With 2,500 years of philosophical thought as your guide, you will gain critical insight into the most pressing issues facing society today. Philosophy will teach you to think critically, listen closely, speak deliberately, write clearly, interpret experience, and evaluate well—skills that are valued in every business, organization, and community.

Philosophy In Every Career

The highly valued skills you will develop as a philosophy major—critical thinking, writing, speaking, listening, interpreting, and evaluating—are practical, marketable, and transferable to any field. Our majors work in politics, art, business, law, community development, education, ministry, and more.

Faculty Spotlight:
Dr. Gregory Clark

Dr. Gregory Clark says philosophy teaches you to think about the questions that a Google search can’t answer.

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 Alumni Profile

Philosophy classes and a tutoring experience propelled David D’Antonio C’08 into the plight of urban education—and to Naples, Italy, where he is teaching and researching the issue as a Fulbright Scholar.

Alumni Graduate Schools

Recent philosophy majors have gone on to top graduate schools and seminaries, including Yale University, Northwestern University, Boston College, University of Illinois, University of Notre Dame, St. Andrews University in Scotland, Fuller Seminary, and University of Chicago Divinity School.

Double Major

Philosophy complements many subjects by teaching how to think about the significant issues in our society. Common double majors include art, biblical and theological studies, business and economics, English literature, music, physics, and politics and government.

Beyond the Classroom

Zombie Apocalypse Class: Students travel to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to learn how to survive after the collapse of civilization and question what distinguishes us from zombies in the context of art, disgust, language, and ethics.

Annual Humanities Writing and Hiking Retreat: Students are invited to a writing retreat lead by philosophy and English faculty.