Philosophy is about more than asking questions. It’s about living the answers.

The Department of Philosophy prepares graduates who think critically and creatively about life’s important questions. You’ll explore historic and contemporary thought as you expand your worldview, learn to reason and communicate clearly, and examine your Christian faith.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Philosophy Major Minor
Gender Studies Minor Minor

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Integrating Philosophy and Christian Faith

Our Department of Philosophy is a community of intellectually curious students and professors who love to discuss a wide range of ideas while staying rooted in their Christian faith. It’s about questioning the nature of self, understanding the history of thought, learning to think creatively and communicate clearly, and addressing contemporary moral issues—all within a Christian learning environment. It’s about taking our faith in Christ and integrating it into everything we learn, into everything we do, so we can accomplish incredible things—in our careers, in our communities, and in our world.

500
students taught by philosophy faculty each year

6
full-time faculty members—one of the largest philosophy departments among Christian colleges in the CCCU

Program Highlights

Faculty mentors

Work closely with professors inside and outside of class. Our 6 full-time faculty members come from a variety of Christian traditions, academic backgrounds, and philosophical fields.

Faith integration

Pursue truth as it relates to pressing human dilemmas. You'll study major schools of thought while deepening your understanding of your own Christian faith.

Career and grad school preparation

Philosophy develops critical thinking and communication skills while shaping ethics and an understanding of humanity. This makes it a great foundation for many career fields as well as law school and graduate school.

Active philosophy community

Present papers at conferences, interact with special speakers, attend on-campus film screenings, and discuss ideas at departmental and club events.

Interdisciplinary approach

Philosophy is a key part of liberal arts education at Bethel. Our professors teach a wide range of interdisciplinary courses. Many students choose to double major in philosophy for the critical thinking and communication skills it provides.

What can I do with a philosophy degree?

Because philosophy develops critical thinking and communication skills—while shaping ethics and a broad understanding of humanity—philosophy is a great background for many career fields and excellent preparation for graduate school.

Careers

Career fields our graduates go into:

Business

  • Insurance
  • Publishing
  • Advertising
  • Computer programming
  • Consulting
  • Investment banking
  • Marketing
  • Technical writing

Government

  • Public administration
  • Diplomacy
  • Human services
  • Intelligence
  • Policy analysis

Journalism

  • Reporting
  • Editing
  • Freelance writing
  • Literary and film criticism

Law

  • Legal journalism
  • Criminal justice
  • Law practice
  • Legal aid
  • Legal research
  • Paralegal assistance

Medicine

  • Consulting
  • Hospital administration
  • Medical practice
  • Nursing

Arts and Humanities

  • Private and public administration
  • Theater production
  • Creative writing

Other areas

  • Education
  • Administration
  • Computer science
  • Library administration
  • Social services
  • Nonprofits

Graduate Schools

Our alumni attend:

  • Cambridge University
  • Yale University
  • Marquette University
  • Princeton Theological Seminary
  • Fordham University
  • University of Georgia
  • University of Wisconsin
  • Pepperdine University School of Law
  • University of St. Thomas School of Law
  • University of Minnesota Law School