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Philosophy

What do Christians believe about God, and the world in relation to God? How have Christians thought about such things throughout history? Is belief in God rationally justified? What is the difference between knowledge and mere opinion? Is there such a thing as objective truth? Is there an absolute standard of right and wrong? What is the purpose of human existence? How should we engage those with different beliefs?

As a Philosophy major at SBU, you will learn how to think about such philosophical questions in a way that is careful, rigorous, and informed. You will engage questions and problems of enduring value and importance, questions that scholars have wrestled with for centuries, coming to understand both the historical development and the contemporary form of the issues.

The study of philosophy is a formative experience: You will learn how to think about the world and your place in it in an entirely different way, and in the process, you will be shaped intellectually and spiritually. 

 

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the sbu advantage

  • Graduating with a philosophy degree from SBU will prepare you for a variety of careers. Past philosophy students have gone on to succeed in some of the finest graduate schools and seminaries in the country.
  • Pursuing a Philosophy degree at SBU will expose you to some of the most important ideas in philosophy and Christian thought from antiquity to the present.
  • Small class sizes provide opportunities for you to receive personalized instruction and individual guidance.

Faith Integration

The integration of Christian faith and academic discipline is essential to the Philosophy major at SBU. Studying philosophy from a Christian perspective involves exploring the meaning of the faith using all the academic resources available; so the integration of faith and scholarship that is at the heart of SBU is a defining characteristic of the Philosophy major. By studying with faculty who received their degrees from prestigious universities and who are themselves published authors, you will receive superior academic training in philosophy from the perspective of a biblical, Christian worldview.

Careers

Philosophy graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers including:

  • Teaching at the university level
  • Teaching at classical preparatory schools
  • Various ministry positions in local churches and organizations across the country

The emphasis on analytical and critical thinking in the Philosophy degree program will prepare you for a wide variety of other career paths, including law school, computer science and policy institutes.

graduate schools

Previous philosophy students have pursued graduate degrees at the following institutions:

  • Washington University-St. Louis
  • Baylor University
  • Eastern Michigan University
  • Houston Baptist University
  • Faulkner University
  • Oklahoma State University
  • University of Kansas

Program Objectives

  1. Students will be able to apply tools of philosophical reasoning and methodology to engage current philosophical questions, issues and problems.
  2. Students will be able to read with understanding substantive and technical works in the field of philosophy, with a view to recognizing the works’ significance for and application to contemporary philosophical questions, issues, and problems.
  3. Students will be able to recognize and discuss significant figures in the history of philosophy, the most important ideas and contributions of these figures, and the ways that these ideas inform contemporary discussions in philosophy.
  4. Students will be able to formulate arguments and express positions in the form of philosophical essays that are cogent and stylistically appropriate.

Full-Time Faculty

philosophy Four-Year Plan

Freshman

Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
MAT 1243 Algebraic Reasoning and Modeling 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
PHI 2003 Introduction to Philosophy 3
Total hours 16
 

Sophomore

Fall Semester

PSY 1013 General Psychology 3
COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
PHI Elective 3
  Elective or Second Major course 2
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
  Cultural Studies 2-3
PHI Elective 3
PHI Elective 3
  Elective or Second Major course 2
Total hours 17-18
 

Junior

Fall Semester

  Foreign language 3-4
PHI Elective 3
PHI Elective 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 2
Total hours 17-18

Spring Semester

  Foreign Language 3-4
PHI Elective 3
PHI Elective 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 2
Total hours 17-18
 

Senior

Fall Semester

PHI Elective 3
PHI Elective 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

PHI Elective 3
PHI Elective 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
  Elective or Second Major course 3
Total hours 15

Note: One of the THE must be 3023 Baptist Denomination is required if receiving CRV scholarship.

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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