A philosophy minor can help you develop skills that can set you apart from job candidates who took a narrower range of college courses. You'll learn to think critically and analyze carefully, and you'll be challenged to think about the largest questions and issues of life. What's better than studying these in a small department, with other students who have similar interests, led by professors whose passion is to teach? And the philosophy minor is small and flexible, requiring only 5 or 6 courses. It can complement nearly any major.
What can I do with this degree?
- Use critical thinking skills in any career field
- Prepare for graduate school entrance exams such as the GRE, GMAT, or LSAT
- Develop skills for ministry work
- Complement and enhance another major
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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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
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
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