They are structured to give students maximum flexibility in combining philosophy with disciplines, something we especially encourage. In the past, we have had students successfully complete double majors in philosophy and such other disciplines as English, history, computer science, Bible, religion, and Christian ministries. Many other students have completed minors in philosophy with majors in some other discipline.
The major in philosophy
offers intensive training in analytical and critical thinking skills, a broad historical background in Western thought, and an exposure to non-Western philosophy. Because of the intellectual breadth and critical thinking skills philosophy provides, it serves as an excellent basis for more advanced studies in graduate, law, or divinity school, and enhances the effectiveness of graduates in other professions. Moreover, the philosophy major serves the church and the world by equipping Christians, whether laypersons or seminary-trained leaders, with the ability to address fundamental issues of concern to every person.
The cross-disciplinary humanities major, offered in cooperation with the departments of history, English, and art, allows students great flexibility in structuring their own programs in consultation with an advisor.
The philosophy minor
is designed for students who wish to supplement their primary education in another field with the study of philosophy. It also allows great flexibility to explore those areas of philosophy that are of the most interest and benefit to the individual student.