Philosophy

Philosophy

Reason, articulate and foster conversation.

Extend your interest in the life of the mind by exploring and interacting with the development of philosophical tradition from the basis of a Christian worldview. You'll cultivate skills in critical thinking, moral reflection and intellectual dialogue, developing a distinctly Christian approach to philosophy and ability to engage in the intellectual spirits of the age.

What can I do with a major in Philosophy?

You will be prepared for careers requiring skills in...

  • Advanced Writing
  • Aesthetic Understanding
  • Argumentation
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Reading and Thinking
  • Ideation
  • Linguistics
  • Logical and Analytical Thinking
  • Research
  • Sensitivity to Cultural Differences
  • Time and Resource Management
  • Questioning
  • Wide Range of Knowledge

How can I complete my degree program in four years?

Download a sample degree plan for a major in Philosophy.

4 Year Philosophy Degree Plan

What are graduates of the Philosophy program doing now?

  • Matt Harrison teaches philosophy and literature.
  • Jack Baker is a Ph.D. student in literature and philosophy at Purdue University.
  • Branson Parler is a Professor of Philosophy at Kuyper College.

With a major in Philosophy, what classes will I take?

Localization and Globalization
Study the issues and concerns surrounding the expansion of economic and political boundaries, understanding alternative visions stressing the local. 

Modern Political Philosophy
Concentrate on major political thinkers such as Hobbes, Kant and Hegel, gaining perspective on the rise and critique of the modern political conceptions of the nation-state, social contract, classical liberalism and post-nationalism.

Plato and Aristotle
Undertake a historical and critical study of the thought of Plato and Aristotle, investing in the reading of primary texts.

Faculty Publications:

2009 | Bonzo, J. Matthew. Indwelling the Forsaken Other : The Trinitarian Ethics of Jürgen Moltmann. Distinguished Dissertations in Christian Theology, 3.  Eugene, OR: Pickwick Publications.

2009 | Bonzo, J. Matthew and Michael Roger Stevens.  After Worldview: Christian Higher Education in Postmodern Worlds. Sioux Center, Iowa: Dordt College Press.

2008 | Bonzo, J. Matthew. Wendell Berry and the Cultivation of Life: A Reader's Guide. Grand Rapids, Mich: Brazos Press.