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As a philosophy major at Fresno Pacific University, your pursuit of wisdom and truth will help you explore the unsettling questions of reality, knowledge, morality, God, evil, freedom, and the soul. Our courses will familiarize you with classic and foundational texts in philosophy, ethics and reasoning. Through critical thinking and argumentation, you’ll learn to think for yourself while engaging in discussions and interactive class projects. Whether you spend a week in silence studying the vice of vanity, express philosophy through creative writing or visual art, or publish your best work in a philosophy journal, you’ll learn from top Christian philosophers committed to your intellectual and personal formation.


  • A majority of philosophy majors are published authors by/near graduation.
  • Small class sizes allow for seminar style classes and high level of engaged discussions
  • Attend philosophy conferences as part of the Central Valley Philosophical Association
  • Flexible second major to add to another major

Career opportunities

Philosophy is cross-disciplinary in scope, drawing upon faculty and courses in many divisions of the university and preparing you for diverse career options. Our graduates possess the critical thinking skills in high demand in today’s evolving job market and are well equipped to enter a variety of graduate programs and careers, traditionally scoring higher than all other majors in graduate school placement exams. Philosophy is also a top degree for entering law school and medical school. You’ll also be prepared for careers or graduate study in competitive business programs, theology and ministry, communication and tech industries, analytics, teaching, and many more.

Transferring to Fresno Pacific

Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT) Information
Philosophy (AA-T) to Philosophy, B.A.

BA courses fulfilled through ADT:

  • All lower-division General Education requirements fulfilled
  • BA major has no lower-division major or co-requisite courses that could be fulfilled by the ADT.
  • This program is offered as daytime traditional

ADT Guarantee is the completion of BA/BS degree in 68 units.

Course listing

In order to obtain a bachelor’s degree from Fresno Pacific University, students must complete at least 120 units. Along with completing all required courses in their selected area of study, general education requirements must be met by all graduates. See the general education summary in the undergraduate academic catalog for more information.

Select programs may not provide enough units for a student to graduate and therefore an emphasis and/or elective courses must be completed alongside the major. Please see below for emphases related to this area of study.

General Education Prerequisites (3 Units)

PHIL 100Introduction to Philosophy3

Required Courses* (Minimum 33 Units)

PHIL 103Logic and Critical Thinking3
PHIL 110Introduction to Philosophical Ethics3
PHIL 331Ancient Philosophy3
PHIL 335
PHIL 450
Modern Philosophy
or History of Political Theory and Ideas
or 3
PHIL 485Senior Project3

Electives Select at least 18 units from the following

BUS 365Business Ethics3
HIST 435American Intellectual History4
HIST 360Greece: Drama and Paideia in the Polis4
LIT 426English Literature: C.S. Lewis3
LIT 460Critical Approaches to Literature3
PHIL 330Ancient and Medieval Rhetoric3
PHIL 333Medieval Philosophy3
PHIL 340Eastern Philosophy3
PHIL 370Bioethics3
PHIL 393Twentieth Century Western Thought3
PHIL 405Philosophy of Religion3
PHIL 430Wilderness Philosophy, Theology, and Literature3
PHIL 450History of Political Theory and Ideas3
PHIL 455Philosophy of Language3
PHIL 460Philosophy of History3
PHIL 470History and Philosophy of Science4
PHIL 486Topics in Philosophy **3
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.

** Multiple iterations of PHIL 286 or PHIL 486 can be taken, when the topic designation of each course is distinct from other iterations student has completed.

Program director

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Nathan Carson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Program Director of Philosophy B.A., Director, FPU Wilderness Programs