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Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

CBU's School of Christian Ministries' philosophy program is designed to challenge students to think deeply about the faith so that they can know what they believe and why they believe it. CBU philosophy students learn to recognize, analyze and engage the central issues of human existence through a historical context. During the course of study, students cover such topics as 20th-century ethics, comparative religions, apologetics, metaphysics, Western philosophy and logic.

CBU philosophy majors are equipped to integrate Christian faith in learning and living. The apologetic component of the philosophy program enables you to "be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for the reason for the hope that is in you" as instructed in 1 Peter 3:15.

Career Opportunities

An undergraduate degree in philosophy equips students with the critical thinking and communications skills essential in a wide variety of careers options including:

Biomedical ethics
Business consulting
Computer systems design
Historical research
Intelligence analysis
School teaching/counseling
Philosophy Program Student Outcomes

Student Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Philosophy program, graduates will:

1. Be able to demonstrate in written and oral form engagement in a personal faith-pilgrimage, which enables the student to think "Christianly" about faith and reason, the development of value-based character, and a commitment to the service of God and human culture.

2. Be knowledgeable of the basic parameters of the Christian world-view.

3. Be able to logically analyze assumptions, identify issues, identify various methods of argumentation, critique the validity of conclusions, and understand the impact of ideas both philosophically and historically.

4. Have demonstrated in written and oral form an ability to integrate art, music, philosophical ideas, historical events, and literary expressions into an integrated understanding of particular periods of human history.

5. Have a grasp of the meaning and significance of the history of philosophy, metaphysics, epistemology, ethics, and the philosophy of religion.

TRADITIONAL PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

Philosophy Major (48 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements

CST 110 Old Testament Survey

CST 130 New Testament Survey

PHI 213 Introduction to Philosophy

Upper Division Philosophy Requirements:

PHI 300 Logic

PHI 301 History of Western Philosophy I

PHI 302 History of Western Philosophy II

PHI 303 Apologetics

PHI 320 Epistemology

PHI 323 Ethics

PHI 343 Philosophy of Religion

PHI 363 Metaphysics

PHI 499 Senior Project

Twentieth Century Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete six (6) units from the following:

PHI 420 Readings in Twentieth Century Epistemology

PHI 421 Twentieth Century Ethics

PHI 422 Twentieth Century Philosophy

PHI 433 Apologetics: Theory and Method

POL 429 Critical Political Philosophy and Postmodernism

Special Interests in Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

PHI 312 Aesthetics

PHI 324 Applied Ethics

PHI 353 Comparative Religions

PHI 400 Special Topics

PHI 403 Contemporary Culture and Apologetics

Political Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following:

POL 423 Classical Political Philosophy

POL 425 Modern Political Philosophy

Philosophy Major (48 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements

Upper Division Philosophy Requirements

Twentieth Century Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete six (6) units from the following

Special Interests in Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

Political Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following