Program at a Glance

  • Program Credits

    20 credits
    • Major/Concentration: 20
  • Accreditation

    WSCUC

Biola's philosophy minor will challenge you to think deeply about humanity's most enduring questions: What is real? What can we know? How should we treat on another? In the process, you will gain practical skills that prepare you for a broad range of career and graduate programs.


Courses

Note: This list is intended to give you a quick glimpse into the program’s academic offerings, and should not be used as a guide for course selection or academic advising. For official program requirements, see the course catalog.

Core Courses

A general introduction to logic covering both deductive and inductive inference, and the analysis of arguments in ordinary language.

A study of 1) some common types of philosophical arguments and 2) a set of skills necessary for good philosophical writing.

An introduction to the philosophical concept of practical wisdom, incorporating a survey of the wisdom traditions and special attention to the tradition of Christian wisdom rooted in the teachings of Jesus.

A seminar designed to assist its members in practical application of insights from PHIL 230.

Elective Courses

The history of philosophy in the West from the Pre-Socratics through the Neo-Platonists. In contrast to 211, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

The history and philosophy in the West from Augustine to William of Occam, with special emphasis upon Augustine and Thomas Aquinas. In contrast to 212, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

The history of philosophy in the West from the Renaissance through the 18th century. In contrast to 213, the lower-division course which covers the same period, this course is designed for students who have already taken at least one course in philosophy and are expected to achieve at a higher level of learning.

An examination of topics in the philosophy of religion such as traditional arguments for the existence of God, religious epistemology, the problem of evil, and religious pluralism.

A critical examination of 1) selected metaphysical topics and problems and 2) the nature and scope of human knowledge.