Philosophy is defined as the pursuit of wisdom through logical investigations of reality, knowledge and morality. The study of philosophy is commonly understood to be a critical element of a liberal arts education, helping students develop the skills necessary to articulate self-reflection and analysis.

Unique Features

This major familiarizes students with classic and foundational texts in philosophy and its main components. Courses in the major equip graduates with the tools of the philosopher—observation, reflection and analysis—and encourages graduates to examine political and public issues and actively serve as a conscience in society and the church.

Our Graduates

Philosophy is cross-disciplinary in scope, drawing upon faculty and courses in all divisions of the college. Graduates with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy are prepared for careers in data management and analysis, writing, ministry and graduate study in theology, philosophy and religious studies.


General Education or Other Prerequisites (3 Units)

  • PHIL-100 Introduction to Philosophy (3)

Required Courses (10 Courses, 32-35 Units)

  • PHIL-103 Logic and Critical Thinking (3)
  • PHIL-110 Introduction to Philosophical Ethics (3)
  • PHIL-330 Ancient Philosophy (4)
  • PHIL-335 Modern Philosophy (4)
  • PHIL-405 Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • PHIL-450 History of Political Theory and Ideas (3)
  • PHIL-460 Philosophy of History (3)

Select three of the following:

  • BIB-440 Biblical Interpretation (4)
  • BUS-365 Business Ethics (3)
  • HIST-435 American Intellectual History (3)
  • LIT-460 Critical Approaches to Literature (3)
  • MATH-480 History of Mathematics (3)
  • PHIL-333 Medieval Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL-393 Twentieth Century Western Thought (3)
  • PHIL-430 American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy (3)
  • PHIL 455 Philosophy of Language (3)
  • PHIL-470 History and Philosophy of Science (4)
  • PSY-450 History and Systems of Psychology (4)
  • THEO-430 Contemporary Theologies (4)
  • THEO-447 Theology of the Human Person (4)