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
|Asian Studies Minor||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.
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 am grateful to attend Bethel Seminary. The three centers approach has helped me to integrate academia into the real world through my relationship with Christ and my heart for others.Hickory Smith '16
Current job: Army National Guard and Pastoral Intern of Welcome and Care
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
Students have opportunities to meet industry professionals through faculty, performances, master classes, or auditions. By graduation, I had completed master classes with individuals from NYC, Minnesota Opera, and Orchestra Hall.Ruthanne Heyward '11
Current job: Working as a performing artist and actor in NYC
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.
My time in Bethel's Biblical and Theological Studies Department was intellectually stimulating and spiritually formative. It ignited me to pursue a career in Biblical Studies. On account of Bethel's incredible professors and in depth course offerings, I entered graduate school with a major advantage. I also learned by example how to be a Christian scholar and use my mind in service of the Church.Tucker Ferda '07
Grad school: University of Pittsburgh Divinity School
Going through Bethel Seminary's doctoral program was one of the most transformational experiences of my life. The process was engaging, thorough, and provided many opportunities to learn from high caliber leaders from all around the world within their leadership contexts.Sammy Wanyonyi '14
Current job: World Evangelist and President at Shince in the World Ministries
Bethel did a great job of preparing me for my future teaching career! The professors truly cared about me and supported and encouraged me through out the whole program. After college they helped me get my first job!Rachel Bekius '13
High school Health/P.E./DAPE teacher at Milaca
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
The people at Bethel helped me determine the kind of person I wanted to be, before I knew what kind of doctor I would be. Bethel’s influence is essential to my work as a future physician and follower of Jesus.Brett Einerson '06
Current Job: Resident Physician at Northwestern University, Feinberg School of Medicine
My leadership mission is to be the voice for those who don't have the strength to speak. Bethel guided me down a path to serve that mission in a way I never dreamt existed.Julie Kline '15
My grad school experience at Bethel was excellent. I really enjoyed the online classes in this program because they provided me with a quality educational experience and still fit in with my busy career and schedule.Jill Larson '15
Current job: Program Administrator at Heritage Academy of Science and Technology
My foundational education at Bethel really influenced my choice to pursue academic medicine instead of just clinical care. I’m so appreciative of the professors and their gift of incredible dedication to their students, while always giving God the glory!Jonathan Eliason '92
Current Job: S. Martin Lindenauer Collegiate Professor of Vascular Surgery; Co-Director, CVC-Multidisciplinary Aortic Program; Associate Professor of Surgery, University of Michigan
My professors at Bethel were not only influential during my time as a student, but they remain voices of inspiration, encouragement, and guidance fiver years later. Their friendship has been one of the greatest gifts of my education at Bethel.Maren Telsey '09
Grad school: Master of Arts in Counseling Psychology at the Seattle School of Theology and Psychology
The program changed my perspective on leadership. I was linked with scholars who pushed me forward in spiritual transformation and academic excellence. This program impacted my life, family, and ministry and continues to challenge my head, heart, and hands.Wilbur Winborne Sr. '14
Current job: 19th Street Baptist Church / Cornerstone Chrisitan Academy
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
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