The philosophy program helps undergraduate students become complete people who reason and think reflectively about responses to the world, liberated from inadequate concepts and actions. The program also equips its majors to become effective and faithful philosophers, well-prepared for further philosophical education and for a range of professional careers, by exposing them to the history and methods of philosophy, inspiring them to see philosophy as a tool for the discipleship of the mind, motivating them to explore philosophy further, and training them in advanced philosophical topics and analytical, reflective, and expressive skills.
- The philosophy program will make “discipleship of the mind” a distinctive focus of attention by bringing philosophy majors into fruitful firsthand engagement with contemporary philosophical work as it is carried out in the academy. This may develop through projects of their own or through collaborative efforts with faculty. Graduates should demonstrate a practice of continual intellectual growth through personal scholarship and development.
- The philosophy program aims to prepare majors for graduate school. Graduates should be able to demonstrate an example of leadership in their selected areas of service.
- The philosophy program will further students’ philosophical contribution to the Church and society. Graduates should be able to apply critical thinking to the analysis and solutions of societal problems in a manner consistent with a Christian worldview.
- The philosophy program will equip students to demonstrate increased ability to understand, construct, and reflect critically on philosophical arguments, calling upon the best of the philosophical tradition and their own analytical and expressive skills toward application of such reflection to current social or moral issues.
- The philosophy program will equip students to demonstrate increased confidence in the compatibility of sincere Christian faith and robust philosophical reflection, growing into a greater awareness of the intellectual depth, strength, and coherence that is possible for construction of a comprehensive Christian worldview.
Philosophy and religion are closely allied in the history of civilization. The philosophy major offers the student historical perspectives on philosophical concepts, principles for careful thought, and study of specific topics. The student is prepared for graduate study in philosophy or a number of related fields and for careful reflection on the needs of current societies.
Traditionally, graduates have pursued further study in fields such as philosophy, religion, law, education, and business. When combined with coursework and experience in areas such as business, political science, or education, graduates with the philosophy major may assume positions of leadership in corporations, government, and education.
A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required in all major courses.
God’s Word and the Christian Response
|General Education Requirements|
|MIN 108||Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry||3|
|UBBL 100||Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy||3|
|UBBL 3XX||Any UBBL General Education Bible course||3|
|Select one of the following: 1||3|
|Theology and the Christian Life|
|Church History: Apostolic Era to the Eve of the Reformation|
|Church History from the Eve of the Reformation to the Present|
|Contemporary Christian Thought|
|PHIL 220||Introduction to Philosophy 1,3||3|
|PHIL 310||Formal Logic||3|
|PHIL 315||History of Ancient Philosophy 3||3|
|PHIL 320||History of Early Modern Philosophy 3||3|
|PHIL 340||Concepts of Human Nature 1,2||3|
|PHIL 495||Seminar in Philosophy (selected topics) 4||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Select three of the following:||9|
|History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy|
|Philosophy of Religion|
|Philosophy of Science|
|Seminar in Philosophy 4, 5|
|Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics,Senior Seminar: Worldviews,Senior Seminar: Social Ethics 1|
|Classical Political Thought|
|Modern Political Thought|
Meets a General Education Core requirement.
Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.
May be repeated for a total of 6 units within the 9 units of electives.
If different topic than taken above.