Philosophy at Messiah College
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 earning a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in philosophy might be right for you. The philosophy program at Messiah College, one of the top private Christian colleges in the U.S., explores fundamental issues about truth, ethics, God and human nature, and will help students work out the foundations of their faith and rationally defend it.
Philosophy major distinctives
- 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 Boyer Hall, which has an inviting student lounge for reading and accessing department resources.
Career options for philosophy majors
As a graduate of the philosophy program, students are equipped to secure positions such as:
- Graduate student (Law, MBA, Medical, Seminary)
- Grant writer
- Consumer advocate
- Technical writer
- Business analyst
For more information on career planning for the philosophy program, visit the Messiah College Career and Professional Development Center.
Internship opportunities for philosophy majors
Messiah’s nationally recognized internship program places students in a variety of philosophy internships. A few examples include:
- Helping write or review grants for nonprofits
- Helping write technical reports
- Working in a law office
- Working in a senator’s or representative’s office in Harrisburg
As a philosophy major, you’ll immerse yourself in an environment of critical-thinking, questioning, reasoning, point/counter-point conversations and deep intellectual thought. As you sharpen your 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 most 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.
The philosophy major will equip you with the sort of background and intellectual skills that will enrich your life and enable you to rationally develop a distinctively Christian view of the world. 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.
Since the philosophy major only requires nine courses over general education requirements, it is an ideal area of study for double-majoring, which about half of our students do. Past students have double-majored in such diverse fields as Bible, mathematics, history, psychology, business, biology, biochemistry or English. The philosophy minor is designed for students who wish to supplement their primary education in another field with the study of philosophy. It allows great flexibility to explore those areas of philosophy that are of the most interest and benefit to the individual student.
Faculty and mentors
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.
What can you do with a philosophy major? Plenty! As a graduate of the philosophy program, students are equipped to secure positions such as researcher, business analyst, consume advocate, technical writer, educator and more. These learning experiences will equip you with the sort of background and intellectual skills employers seek—logical reasoning, reading comprehension, 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?