The great philosophers throughout time have all understood that behind the experience of life is its deeper meaning – a philosophy. As a philosophy major at Fresno Pacific University, your pursuit of wisdom through will take you through a logical investigation of reality, knowledge and morality. Our courses familiarize you with classic and foundational texts in philosophy and its main components. You will graduate with the tools of the philosopher—observation, reflection and analysis—and with these skills you can examine political and public issues and actively serve as a conscience in society and the church.

Highlights

  • Recognize, categorize and critically evaluate contemporary philosophers and philosophical schools of thought.
  • Understand significant portions of the history of philosophy and of the way Christian intellectual traditions have both enriched and been enriched by that history of inquiry.
  • Engage and articulate contemporary philosophical problems and describe the ways philosophers have grappled with fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, ethics, aesthetics and the human condition (among others).
  • Communicate with precise philosophical argumentation, reason-informed critical reflection and clear argumentative prose, and recognize as well as critically evaluate the validity and truth of philosophical arguments.

Career opportunities

Philosophy is cross-disciplinary in scope, drawing upon faculty and courses in all divisions of the college, and preparing you for diverse career options. Our graduates possess the critical thinking skills that in high demand in today’s evolving job market. You’ll be prepared for careers in data management and analysis, writing and ministry, as well as graduate study in theology, religious studies and many more.

Program director

Nathan Carson
Nathan Carson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Course listing

General Education Prerequisites (3 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
PHIL-100Introduction to Philosophy3

Required Courses* (minimum 32 Units)

CodeTitleUnits
PHIL-103Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL-110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
PHIL-331Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL-335Modern Philosophy3
PHIL-485Senior Project2

Electives: select six of the following

CodeTitleUnits
BIOL-370Bioethics3
BIOL-470History and Philosophy of Science3
BUS-365Business Ethics3
COM-368Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric3
HIST-435American Intellectual History4
HIST-360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
LIT-460Critical Approaches to Literature3
PHIL-333Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL-340Eastern Philosophy3
PHIL-393Twentieth Century Western Thought3
PHIL-405Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL-430American Wilderness Literature and Philosophy3
PHIL-450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
PHIL-455Philosophy of Language3
PHIL-460Philosophy of History3
PHIL-481Navajo Philosophy and Ethics3
PHIL-486Topics in Philosophy3
PSY-450History and Systems of Psychology4
THEO-430Contemporary Theologies3

* An upper-division course from another program may count toward the philosophy major if the course is pertinent to the philosophy major and approved by the philosophy program director. In addition to PHIL-100, philosophy majors are strongly encouraged to take PHIL-103, PHIL-331 and PHIL-335 before taking other upper-division courses.