Philosophy (B.A.)

Philosophy Major

School of the Humanities

Department of Philosophy

Are you a questioning person? Do you enjoy thinking about the pros and cons, the whys and why-nots of just about everything?

If you are, then a philosophy major might be right for you.  What can you do with a philosophy major? Plenty!

As you sharpen you critical thinking skills, think deeply about the world, life, and your Christian beliefs you’ll be better equipped to more thoughtfully engage our culture and solve its pressing problems. As a Messiah philosophy major, you’ll share your college experience with other inquisitive students, engaging one another in a careful, systematic investigation of fundamental issues of reality and human experience. 

And your professors, caring and committed Christians, are deeply involved in not only teaching but also in the emerging scholarship and thought of their fields. Your professors will lead you through critical analysis of issues of great cultural significance such as free will, God's relation to the world and to evil, and the nature and origin of morality. 

These experiences will equip you with the sort of background and intellectual skills employers seek – analytical, reasoning, critical thinking, problem-solving, and effective communication skills. And did you know that philosophy is considered the best major to pursue if you are considering law school?

As a Philosophy major at Messiah College, you’ll be able to:

    • Immerse yourself in an environment of critical-thinking, questioning, reasoning, point/counter-point conversations, and deep intellectual thought.
    • Delve into a broad historical background in Western thought as well as an exposure to non-Western philosophy.
    • Have the opportunity to study abroad at Oxford or other universities.
    • Complete a double major in disciplines such as English, history, computer science, Bible, religion, and Christian ministries.
    • Respectfully consider alternate points of view and engage people of other faiths.
    • Pursue internships such as one at the Religion and Society Center in Harrisburg, which seeks to foster ecumenical conversations and understanding. Other internship opportunities include grant/technical report writing, working in a legal office, or working in a senator's or representative's office in Harrisburg.
    • Live and learn at the Reconciliation House, a student residence where students orient learning around issues of racial and cultural reconciliation.
    • Enjoy learning and socializing in the College’s newest academic building, Boyer Hall, including 21st-century “smart” classrooms, and an inviting student lounge for reading and accessing department resources.

Major Requirements:

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Minor Requirements:

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Student evaluation of our courses consistently shows that we rank in the top ten percent of types of classes nationwide for instilling "critical thinking and reasoning skills."

Department of Philosophy
Learn more about this department
Scholarly faculty specialize in philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, metaphysics, epistemology, and twentieth-century French and German philosophy.
The department sponsors several philosophy lectures each year.
All professors have Ph.D. degrees
The department serves in an advisory role for the student-run philosophy club.