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 am a dementia care specialist with the Aging and Disability Resource Center. My education and master's degree from Bethel helped prepare me for this position.Lisa Wells '13
Current job: Dementia Care Specialist
Besides the personal reward of earning a M.A. degree, the time of personal exploration and challenge were benefits I hadn't anticipated. This growth added to my insights and capabilities as a care manager, allowing me to better serve my clients.Deborah Dolan '07
Current job: Geriatric Care Manager
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
Bethel's graduate degree in gerontology broadened my academic foundation and prepared me to better serve the aging community in the Twin Cities area.Nancy Schwartz '11
Current job: Financial Advisor
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
My gerontology education has carried me far in 5 short years. From successful aging wellness to elder fraud prevention, the needs are great. There is plenty of room for creative and innovative solutions.Helen Rickman '09
Current job: 1st Judicial District Colorado Elder Fraud Prevention Unit
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