Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    • General Education: 52
    • Bible/Theology: 30
    • Major/Concentration: 38
    • Support/Electives: 10
  • Standard Completion Time

    4 years
  • Accreditation


Jesus calls his followers to love God “with all your mind.” Philosophy is a discipline that equips us to grow in that capacity. Through Biola’s philosophy major, you will be challenged to think deeply about ethics, knowledge and the history of ideas, and in the process gain practical skills that prepare you for a broad range of careers and graduate programs.

Why Choose Philosophy at Biola?

In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s philosophy program offers several key advantages:

  • The Biola University Center for Christian Thought brings world-renowned philosophers and theologians to campus, giving students an opportunity to hear lectures from top scholars.
  • Biola’s Talbot School of Theology is home to a nationally recognized master’s degree in philosophy — the largest Christian program of its kind — which affords many lecture and event opportunities to philosophy undergraduate students.
  • Skills gained in the philosophy major include the ability to ask good questions and expose underlying assumptions, biases and concepts; write clearly, concisely and precisely; and see the larger issues and implications of a problem.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.

What Will I Study?

The philosophy program provides a comprehensive liberal arts background in humanities and science. Courses bring faith and reason together, and are structured to give you a broad understanding of how to effectively use intellectual argumentation from a Christian worldview. You will work in a close-knit community of colleagues to solve problems, design and conduct research, critically analyze books and documents, and see the larger issues and implications of a global problems. Interesting topics and course highlights include:

  • Deductive and inductive inference
  • Analysis of arguments
  • Skill sets necessary for philosophical writers
  • Survey of the wisdom traditions with focus on Jesus' teachings
  • The history of philosophy in the West
  • Emphasis on history and philosophies of Augustine and Aquinas
  • Philosophy of religion, including the problem of evil
  • Metaphysics and the nature and scope of human knowledge
  • The study of ethical theories, thinkers and problems

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Career Paths

Biola's philosophy major provides a wide range of transferable work skills that will prepare you for a career in fields such as law, ministry, business, international diplomacy, writing or education. As a well-rounded, critical-thinking professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:

  • Attorney
  • Creative Writer
  • Researcher
  • Foreign service affairs
  • Business management
  • Educator
  • Public policy analyst
  • Journalist
  • Consultant

What are Graduates Doing Now?

Biola graduates from the philosophy major have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious programs in the academic world, including: Rutgers; Princeton; University of California; University of California, Los Angeles; Yale Divinity School; University of Rochester; Talbot School of Theology; Oxford; Fordham University; University of Notre Dame; University of Colorado, Boulder; University of St. Louis; University of California, Irvine; Loyola Marymount; University of Washington; Texas Tech; University of Southern California; John Hopkins; Georgia State; and Tufts University.

Abigail Arnold
Philosophy, B.A. '17

Learning how to analyze and create concise arguments, articulate ideas, craft good writing and think both theoretically and practically are valuable skills taught in philosophy that are practical for all of life.”

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