Jesus calls his followers to love God “with all your mind.” Philosophy is a discipline that equips us to grow in that capacity. Biola’s philosophy major will challenge you to think deeply about humanity’s most enduring questions: What is real? What can we know? How should we treat one another? In the process, you will gain practical skills that prepare you for a broad range of careers and graduate programs.
In addition to its strong curriculum, expert faculty members and biblical integration, Biola’s philosophy program offers several key advantages:
A Biola philosophy major provides a broad-based liberal arts education. Courses bring faith and reason together and are structured to give you an understanding how to think critically from a Christian perspective about a wide range of issues. You will work in a close-knit community of colleagues at reading and engaging the world’s great philosophers and wisdom traditions, always with an eye on the question, What can be learned from these thinkers and traditions about more effectively practicing of the teachings of Jesus? Topics covered include:
Our program offers two tracks of study, the classic Philosophy track as well as a Liberal Arts concentration. Both tracks are composed of 5 blocks of courses and 38 total credit hours. The 5 blocks are:
Block I: Basic Philosophical Skills
Block II: Practical Wisdom
Block III: History of Philosophy
Block IV: Divisions of Philosophy
Block V: Capstone Work
The Liberal Arts concentration requires 9 fewer philosophy credits (Introduction to Logic and Philosophy of Religion as well as one elective) to be fulfilled instead with 9 credits of HIST and/or ENGL courses. For complete coursework of the two tracks, please see the Course Catalog.
Biola's philosophy major provides a wide range of transferable work skills that will prepare you for a career in fields. As a well-rounded, critical-thinking professional, you can expect to impact the world for Jesus Christ in professions such as:
Graduates of Biola's philosophy major have gone on to study at some of the most prestigious programs in the academic world, including: Rutgers; Massachusetts Institute of Technology; Oxford; Cornell; Princeton; University of Southern California; University of California, Los Angeles; and University of Notre Dame.
Many other graduates have gone on to study law, theology, medicine, social work and business, or are successfully employed in a variety of fields, including computer programming, graphic design, agriculture, business consulting, law, medicine, social work and education.
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.”