The philosophy major is designed to help students listen carefully, think deeply, and present compellingly as they prepare for graduate studies in philosophy (leading to teaching careers in philosophy and related fields), in law (leading to careers associated with the legal profession), and in seminary (leading to ministry in the church both here and abroad); and to provide the best possible integrated liberal arts education (leading almost anywhere).

Program Outcomes:

Students graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy will be able to:

  • demonstrate a broad general understanding of the work of major figures in the history of philosophy, including Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, and Kant
  • demonstrate familiarity with the most important topics in a range of areas at the center of contemporary philosophical thought, including metaphysics, epistemology, ontology, philosophy of religion, and philosophy of language
  • demonstrate familiarity with various ethical systems and how to apply them
  • demonstrate familiarity with the field of logic, both formal and informal, and how to solve logical problems and proofs based on these forms of logic
  • think analytically, creatively, and Christianly about philosophical texts and issues
  • express philosophical ideas and defend them effectively in argument, both in writing and orally
  • acquire the confidence, self-awareness, and preparation for students going to graduate school in philosophy, law school, seminary, or any area of life or the humanities

Requirements total 33 hours.  These include 12 hours of humanities core, 12 hours of philosophy wrap-around core courses, and 9 hours from elective courses.  Additionally, students may complete one or two emphases of 9 hours chosen as their elective hours.   

Humanities Core12
The Western Heritage I: From Antiquity to the Reformation
The Western Heritage II: From the Scientific Revolution to the Twentieth Century
Literary Classics of the Western World
Humanities Capstone
Philosophy Wrap-Around Core 12
Introduction to Philosophy
Contemporary Theory
Seminar on Problems in Philosophy and the Philosophy of History

Electives and Emphases

Philosophy majors are required to take select one of the following options. 

  • 9 additional hours of philosophy courses (or)
  • the Christian Apologetics Emphasis (9 hours) (or)
  • the Ethical Theory and Practice Emphasis (9 hours)  

 An emphasis is not required.

Christian Apologetics

PH 290Christian Apologetics3
Select two of the following6
Christianity and Darwinism
Foundations of Evangelism (Graduate level class available to qualified students)
Topics in Apologetics
Survey of Religious Diversity
Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges (Graduate level class available to qualified students)
Psychology of Religion
Total Hours9


Ethical Theory and Practice

PH 182Ethics3
or PH 482 Ethical Theory
Select two of the following:6
Ethical Theory (Graduate level class available to qualified students)
Seminar in Business and Management Ethics
Love and Friendship
Topics in Ethics
Introduction to Bioethics
Topics in Bioethics
Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
Undergraduate National Conference
Total Hours9

Recommended Additional Courses:

ENG 306Renaissance Literature3
ENG 310Romantic Literature3
ENG 318American Literature I: Puritanism Through Transcendentalism3
ENG 320American Literature II: Civil War Through Depression3
ENG 350Topics in Literature1-3
ENG 406Shakespeare3
ENG 420Capstone Seminar in the British Novel3
HI 271Topics in World History3
HI 321XAmerican Church History3
HI 322XTopics in Church History3
HI 325Topics in European History3
HI 340XHistory of Christianity3
HI 372History of Ideas in America3
HI 373African American History3
HI 375Topics in American History3
HI 376Twentieth-Century American Cultural History3
HI 430Seminar in Early Modern Europe3
HI 471Seminar in Colonial and Revolutionary America3