Philosophy is an excellent major to prepare you for the critical thinking and careful analysis required in many careers. The questions studied in philosophy are profound. At Bethel, we study answers from a variety of traditions, and give you the opportunity to come up with your own. All of this is done from a distinctly Christian perspective.
Why should I study philosophy?
A Philosophy minor can help you develop skills that can set you apart from job candidates who took a narrower range of college courses.
Philosophy is interesting. It deals with the perennial questions of human existence, from the nature of reality to how we should live. What could be better than to study these issues in a small department, together with other students with similar interests, led by professors whose passion is to teach?
The Philosophy minor is small and flexible, requiring only 18 credits (5 or 6 courses). It can complement nearly any major. Many of the courses also fulfill general education requirements, and some are required for majors in other departments.
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