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
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|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.
0 students taught by philosophy faculty each year
0 full-time faculty members—one of the largest philosophy departments among Christian colleges in the CCCU
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.
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.
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.
I had the opportunity to become very close friends with the professors of the Athletic Training Education Program and still look to them for mentoring and advice. Working so closely with them provided a unique experience that I forever cherish!Megan Roschen '13
Grad School: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
The D.Min program was an introspective journey of self-discovery and transformation that awakened a new reality about the social fields in which I live, and my role within them. It prepared me to identify and remove different socio-cultural structural barriers.Ramon Pastrano '13
Current job: CEO of ImpactLives Inc.
Bethel's Athletic Training Education Program is a family! I still consider my classmates as brothers and sisters in life and in Christ. The professors are our friends and mentors, always there for support, laughs, prayer, fun, knowledge, and spiritual growth.Megan Roschen '13
Grad School: Mayo School of Health Sciences Doctorate of Physical Therapy Program
The D.Min program is a catalytic force enabling students to effectively serve the kingdom through the local church while producing evident and eternal results.Mercidieu Phillips '11
Current job: CEO, Level Up Partners, Inc
The graduate school teaching program gave me the opportunity to pursue my true passion of teaching. Bethel provided me with real world examples and resources that I could directly use in my own classroom. This program is flexible yet challenging.Lawton Burgstahler '15
Current job: Buffalo Lake Hector Stewart High School Business Teacher
The classes were informative and practical. I often find myself using concepts I learned in acting classes to help with presentations even outside of theatre.Erin Lorentz '13
Current job: Student Alumni Programming Coordinator
Bethel really prepared me...having a liberal arts education was beneficial because it made me well rounded. [Businesses] look for people with all sorts of different backgrounds and leadership experience. Bethel encourages people to get involved.Nicole (Nettleton) Willenbring '12
Current job: Business Analyst, Target Corporation
I learned many invaluable lessons at Bethel but what stands out was the accessibility of the faculty and their genuine desire to see students succeed. I was never a number in a classroom. Many of those professors remain mentors today.Allie Ryan '11
Current job: Legislative Correspondent for U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley
This program is geared toward equipping the student to complete a meaningful and scholarly Thesis project. I was able to do research that mattered to me and my ministry, making me a better servant leader for God's people. Thanks, Bethel!David Denzer '14
Current job: Lead Pastor St. Michael Lutheran Church, Canton, Michigan
The Environmental Studies program prepared me as a well-rounded student. I gained the field skills to study ecology, and also the ethical perspectives behind environmental stewardship. The professors are knowledgeable and passionate, which is passed on to their students.David Petry '13
Grad School: M.S. in Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University
I think some of what I found most meaningful and helpful about being a philosophy major was the ability to think through large scale issues and problems, but also the ability to delve deeply into the details to get a deeper understanding of the issues. The ability to look at things from so many perspectives has been great in a career that requires me to consider so many different stakeholders.Brianna Menning '06
Current job: Associate Program Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative
The Bethel University Theatre Department provides unique insight into the relationship between faith and art. It strives to examine and explore tough subjects through the theatre.Aaron Crosby '12
Masters of Fine Arts in Lighting Design at Temple University; Lighting Designer
The theatre professors offer an individualized, supportive, and safe environment to explore what makes producing and performing theater so unique. They care about their students, their students' faith, and their students' craft. The intimate size of the department creates a close-knit community where students are led to grow and are challenged to become the best versions of themselves.Wes Mouri '12
Current job: Actor with the Guthrie Theater and Chanhassen Dinner Theatres
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program supercharged my understanding of God's mission for His Church. Now Mosaic Ministry's service to the inner city, marginalized and middle class is Christ-centered and culturally relevant. The rigorous academic research and writing I did in the program also served foundational to my new book.Troy Williams '12
Current job: Pastor of Mosaic Ministry
After taking the research proposal class, I knew exactly what I needed to do, and my advisor responded to me within a few days. This program did all it could to help me complete my thesis research and graduate!Christopher Yuan '14
Current job: Speaker, Author, Teacher
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.
Career fields our graduates go into:
- Computer programming
- Investment banking
- Technical writing
- Public administration
- Human services
- Policy analysis
- Freelance writing
- Literary and film criticism
- Legal journalism
- Criminal justice
- Law practice
- Legal aid
- Legal research
- Paralegal assistance
- Hospital administration
- Medical practice
Arts and Humanities
- Private and public administration
- Theater production
- Creative writing
- Computer science
- Library administration
- Social services
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