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.
classes with 25 or fewer students
students lead worship for chapel and vespers
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 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.
Current job: Associate Program Director, Sustainable Cities Initiative
The philosophy department at Bethel exposed me not only to challenging intellectual ideas, but also to new ways of thinking and learning. The experience helped to prepare me for the rigorous academic requirements of both law school and legal practice.
Current job: Associate Attorney at Carson, Clelland & Schreder
Before coming to Bethel I was already driven to pursue certain ultimate questions about human existence. For instance, questions about the meaning of life, the nature of the human person, the nature and objectivity of ethics, the existence of God, the problem of evil and suffering, and so on. When I came to Bethel as a philosophy major I felt like I had found a home. I found a supportive and caring community of people, among both fellow students and the faculty, with whom I could engage in shared philosophical enquiry into questions that are of great significance for human life.
–David McPherson, Ph.D.
Current job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University
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