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Ask the hard questions. Then learn how to live the answers.

The Department of Philosophy trains graduates to think critically and creatively about life’s most important questions. You’ll explore historical and contemporary thought as you learn to reason and communicate clearly, integrating your Christian faith into every discussion.

Majors, Minors, and Programs

Asian Studies Minor Minor
Film Studies Minor Minor
Gender Studies Minor Minor
History Classics Minor Minor
Philosophy Major Minor

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Integrating Philosophy and Christian Faith

The 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. We ask the hard questions—about the nature of self, the meaning of life, the problem of evil and suffering, about contemporary moral issues—all from a Christian perspective.

Bethel philosophy professor

500

students taught by philosophy faculty each year

5

full-time faculty members dedicated to their students' success

Program Highlights

Career and grad school preparation

Bethel’s philosophy department trains you to think critically and analyze carefully, skills that transfer to almost any career. Our graduates go on to success in law, business, nonprofit work, or graduate school.

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 teaches.

Faculty mentors

Work closely with professors inside and outside of class. Our five full-time faculty come from a variety of backgrounds and philosophical fields.

Flexibility

Our major is small and flexible, giving you opportunities to study abroad, graduate early, or pair philosophy with a second major to broaden your career options.

Faith integration

We study the profound questions of philosophy by looking at answers from a variety of traditions and giving you the chance to come up with your own, all integrated with a distinctly Christian perspective.

Active philosophy community

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

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

Check out the blog

Bethel Philosophy Department Blog

Keep up with the Department of Philosophy through short essays, musings with some connection to philosophy, and other news and information relevant to our department.

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