Philosophy Major

48–50 units

Mission

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.

Program Goals

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Introduction

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.

Career Opportunities

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.

Requirements

A minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA is required in all major courses.

God’s Word and the Christian Response

General Education Requirements
MIN 108Christian Life, Faith, and Ministry3
UBBL 100Introduction to Biblical Literature: Exodus/Deuteronomy3
UBBL 230Luke/Acts3
UBBL 3XXAny UBBL General Education Bible course3
Select one of the following: 13
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
Total Units15
1

For the doctrine requirement, the School of Theology recommends either THEO 303, THEO 352, THEO 354, or THEO 363. HUM 325 also fulfills the General Education doctrine requirement.

Philosophy Major

33–35 units

Required Courses
PHIL 220Introduction to Philosophy 1,33
PHIL 310Formal Logic3
PHIL 315History of Ancient Philosophy 33
PHIL 320History of Early Modern Philosophy 33
PHIL 330Ethics3
PHIL 340Concepts of Human Nature 1,23
PHIL 495Seminar in Philosophy (selected topics) 43
Select one of the following:3
Epistemology
Metaphysics
Electives
Select three of the following:9
Medieval Philosophy
History of 19th and 20th Century Philosophy
Comparative Religions
Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy of Science
Seminar in Philosophy 4, 5
Senior Seminar: Professional Ethics,Senior Seminar: Worldviews,Senior Seminar: Social Ethics 1
Directed Research
Classical Political Thought
Modern Political Thought
Total Units33-35
1

Meets a General Education Core requirement.

2

Meets the Upper-division Writing Intensive requirement.

3

HUM 224 may be taken in exchange for PHIL 220. HUM 224 is 3 units on the Azusa campus, 4 units on the High Sierra campus. HUM 324 may be taken in exchange for PHIL 315 or PHIL 320.

4

May be repeated for a total of 6 units within the 9 units of electives.

5

If different topic than taken above.