Bethel's philosophy major is small and flexible, which means you can study abroad, graduate early, or pair philosophy with a second major to broaden your career options. You'll be trained 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, where philosophy majors consistently score highest (or nearly highest) on entrance exams like the GRE. But what really sets us apart is how we study the profound questions of philosophy, 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. Our professors are passionate about teaching, so they love taking the time to debate, discuss, and dialogue with you.
What can I do with this degree?
- Graduate school in philosophy, including Ph.D.s at universities such as Yale, Emory, Marquette, and Minnesota.
- Law school: some of our alumni work at private law firms and in government.
- Other graduate programs, from theology to counseling to kinesiology.
- Thrive in the business world, including US Bank, Optum, and Securian Financial.
- Advance non-profit organizations, such as Wycliffe, Lifetrack Resources, and ACR Homes.
What skills will I develop?
- Excellent writing and research
- Oral communication
- Critical reasoning skills: the ability to recognize and assess arguments or claims
- Creativity: the ability to approach problems in new and interesting ways
What unique experiences or opportunities will I have?
- Spend a semester abroad studying philosophy (for example, at Oxford University)
- Present a paper at an undergraduate philosophy conference
- Have a paper published in an undergraduate philosophy journal
- Participate in Philosophy Club events at Bethel
- Serve as a teaching or research assistant for a philosophy professor
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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.Eva Rodelius '10
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. '05
Current job: Assistant Professor of Philosophy, Creighton University
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