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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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.
While interviewing with a Bethel alum for a position at UnitedHealth Group, the interviewer asked me to consider joining the International Audit department instead of the position for which I had applied. At the time, I had next to no idea what working in International Audit entailed! That same Bethel alum also connected me to the Healthcare Reform opportunity three years later. So, it’s safe to say that my career path was undeniably influenced by Bethel and this wonderful alum who decided to take a chance on me – not just once, but twice.Chin-Chin Lin '09
Current job: Project Manager, Health Care Reform Implementation, UnitedHealth Group
Obtaining my Master of Arts in Gerontology at Bethel significantly improved work opportunities for me within the health care system. Many more doors opened and I am currently working at a job that I love.Elise Lucey '11
Current job: Manager of Patient Relations at Metro Hospital
My graduate school experience has positioned me with a consulting career that is both strategic and futuristic. Every day I help senior care organizations navigate through health care reform. It's challenging but incredibly rewarding work.Kristine Betz '12
Current job: Consultant
Bethel provided me with an invaluable foundation in critically thinking and communicating about music, faith, and culture. Most of my colleagues have never had the opportunity, as I did, to regularly perform in an excellent venue like Benson Great Hall.Madeline Veenker '10
Current job: Choir and Bell Director at St. Paul church and runs private vocal studio; earned an M.M. in vocal performance from University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
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 liberal arts curricula greatly prepared me for graduate work in musicology. Already accustomed to making interdisciplinary connections, I was able to think more creatively about my research and to synthesize what I had learned with more insight and clarity.Eve Ruotsinoja '08
Grad school: Finished M.M. in musicology from the University of Houston, 2013
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 has strongly prepared me to be an ambassador for Christ in my career as a nurse. The foundation of solid nursing skills and knowledge has prepared me well in caring for my patients and their families.Daniel Luthi '13
Current job: RN, BSN - Registered Nurse
Bethel's Doctor of Ministry program led me to do the kind of research that expanded my understanding, aided my leadership and benefited my ministry context.Matthew Clausen '14
Current job: Pastor - First Baptist of Minneapolis
My favorite part of Environmental Studies courses was hands-on lab experience outside, connecting classroom learning to nature. Creation Restoration was a great way to put our coursework into practice on campus. Bethel's Environmental Studies program equipped me to steward Creation.David Petry '13
Grad School: M.S. in Biological Sciences at Eastern Illinois University
Mathematically-talented Christians need to think of mathematics as a path in which they may live out their faith. We can use our knowledge to further God's kingdom and live as lights in this world.Megan Hawley '10
Current job: Data Scientist / Scientist III R&D, Honeywell Aerospace
This program blessed me so much! It gave me the opportunity to discover what it means to be a Christian teacher and leader. It also renewed my passion and equipped me with strategies to be more effective in my classroom.Kristie Keenan '16
The experiences and education that I received in the Biokinetics program at Bethel have been invaluable to me as a current full-time graduate student. I chose the Biokinetics program in order to be as fully prepared as possible. I wouldn't trade my undergraduate experience for anything.Krista Nauman '12
Grad school: Bethel University Physician Assistant Program
My education in the Athletic Training Program truly prepared me for my future beyond college. The faculty and staff in the program are phenomenal, and I am so blessed to have had each and every one of them!Michelle Rabedeaux 2014
Current job and grad school: PRN Athletic Trainer at Accelerated Rehab Systems; Doctor of Physical Therapy student at Des Moines University
Bethel provided me with a fantastic education and prepared me for teaching in a school setting. They were understanding, flexible, and creative in scheduling my classes so that I was able to teach full-time while still attending classes 3 hours away.Derek Bauer '15
Current job: Special Education Teacher in Grand Rapids, MN
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