Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is designed to challenge students to think deeply about the Christian faith so they can know what they believe, why they believe it, and how it relates to all areas of life. Philosophy majors are equipped to incorporate Christian faith in learning and living and are encouraged to engage with other worldviews for the sake of demonstrating the glory of God through Jesus Christ.

For more information, please contact Dr. Scott Key.

Why CBU?

All full time faculty in the School of Christian Ministries have terminal degrees in their field and experience in leadership positions through the local church. Lead faculty in the Philosophy program work closely with students and model the practical outworking of philosophical engagement.

Career Opportunities

  1. Christian Education
  2. Business Consulting
  3. Historical Research
  4. Intelligence Analysis
  5. Counseling

Links

  1. http://www.calbaptist.edu/academics/schools-colleges/school-christian-ministries/programs/bachelor-arts-philosophy/
  2. http://apologetics.com/
  3. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/05/why-philosophy-majors-rule_n_4891404.html
  • 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.

Philosophy Major (48 units) BA

Lower Division Requirements

CST110 Old Testament Survey
+

A general survey of the Old Testament, with special emphasis given to the religious and national life of ancient Israel. Fulfills general education requirement for non-majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

CST110-I
Rata, Cristian Gheorghe
01/11/2017 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Mission Hall 126
CST110-H
Skaug, Benjamin Michael
01/11/2017 T 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM Yeager Center A111
CST110-G
Pate, Benjamin R.
01/11/2017 M 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS 250
CST110-B
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Yeager Center B110
CST110-E
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Yeager Center B110
CST110-D
Co, Adamson
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Mission Hall 124
CST110-F
Stamps, Robert Lucas
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 109
CST110-A
Wilson, Danny K.
01/11/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Mission Hall ONLN
CST110-C
Mooney, David Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 124
CST110-A
Welbaum, Sam D.
05/08/2017 W 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM BUS 202
CST110-G
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 M 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA
CST110-H
Skaug, Benjamin Michael
09/05/2017 T 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
CST110-F
Slunaker, Joseph Gregory
09/05/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM Mission Hall 109
CST110-A
Wilson, Danny K.
09/05/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Mission Hall ONLN
CST110-B
Wilson, Danny K.
09/05/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM Mission Hall ONLN
CST110-E
Chute, Anthony L.
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall 109
CST110-C
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM BUS 124
CST110-D
Mooney, David Jeffrey
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM BUS 124

CST130 New Testament Survey
+

A general survey of the New Testament, focusing on the life of Jesus and the development of the early church in its historical/cultural settings. Fulfills general education requirement for non-majors. (3 units; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

CST130-H
Evans, Jeffrey
01/11/2017 M 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM James Complex 183
CST130-I
Jenkins, Amanda Kristine
01/11/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Yeager Center B111
CST130-G
Gill, John J
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Yeager Center B258
CST130-F
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
01/11/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM Yeager Center B110
CST130-B
Slunaker, Joseph Gregory
01/11/2017 T 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM Mission Hall 109
CST130-D
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-E
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST130-A
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-C
Cate, James J.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST130-F
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
09/05/2017 M 8:15 AM - 9:15 AM TBA
CST130-G
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
09/05/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
CST130-H
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 M 3:45 PM - 6:45 PM TBA
CST130-I
STAFF, STAFF
09/05/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
CST130-J
Estrada, Gabriel Carlos
09/05/2017 M 7:00 AM - 8:00 AM TBA
CST130-A
Cate, James J.
09/05/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-B
Cate, James J.
09/05/2017 TR 7:00 AM - 8:30 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-C
Cate, James J.
09/05/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN
CST130-D
Cate, James J.
09/05/2017 TR 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS ONLN
CST130-E
Cate, James J.
09/05/2017 TR 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS ONLN

PHI213 Intro to Philosophy
+

This course introduces students to the meaning and basic categories of philosophy such as epistemology and philosophy of religion. This is accomplished through an exploration of the primary issues and central figures within the discipline. Particular relevance is given to the development of a Christian World-view and the role philosophy plays in life and culture. (3 units; Fall/Spring)

PHI213-C
Groza, Adam Paul
01/11/2017 TR 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS 106
PHI213-D
Bates, Todd
01/11/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM Mission Hall 125
PHI213-B
Key, Scott B.
01/11/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall 125
PHI213-F
Key, Scott B.
01/11/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM Mission Hall 125
PHI213-A
Bates, Todd
01/11/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Mission Hall 124
PHI213-E
Welbaum, Sam D.
01/11/2017 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Mission Hall 127
PHI213-A
Bates, Todd
09/05/2017 M 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM TBA
PHI213-C
Groza, Adam Paul
09/05/2017 M 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM TBA
PHI213-D
Bates, Todd
09/05/2017 M 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM TBA
PHI213-E
Welbaum, Sam D.
09/05/2017 T 3:45 PM - 5:15 PM TBA
PHI213-F
Bates, Todd
09/05/2017 M 1:15 PM - 2:15 PM TBA
PHI213-B
Key, Scott B.
09/05/2017 M 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM Mission Hall 109

Upper Division Philosophy Requirements

PHI300 Logic
+

A systematized study of the canons and criteria of validity in thought and its rational expression by considering the processes of reasoning and inference with applications in propositional logic, natural deduction, predicate logic and induction. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall even years)

PHI301 History of Western Philosophy I
+

This course is the first of a two-semester study introducing students to the history of Western philosophy. This first part begins with the origins of philosophy in ancient Greece and ends with the Late Middle Ages. Particular attention is given to Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, and St. Thomas. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

PHI301-A
Key, Scott B.
09/05/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

PHI302 History of Western Philosophy II
+

This course is the second of a two-semester study introducing students to the history of Western philosophy. This second part begins with the origins of modern philosophy in the seventeenth century and ends with the twentieth century. Particular attention is given to Descartes, Hume, and Kant. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring)

PHI302-A
Key, Scott B.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM James Complex 191

PHI303 Apologetics
+

This course will examine the emergence of apologetics within the life of the church, highlight various approaches, arguments, and central figures, and the role of apologetics in development of a Christian worldview. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall)

PHI303-A
Bates, Todd
09/05/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA
PHI303-T4
Bates, Todd
09/05/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM TBA

PHI320 Epistemology
+

This course is a study of the perennial questions in the philosophical discipline of Epistemology, or Theory of Knowledge. It provides an introduction to the major parts of an account of knowledge including the nature of belief, justification, and truth. In addition, this course surveys various problems including skepticism, relativism, and the objectivity of knowledge. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall even years)

PHI323 Ethics
+

This course is an appraisal of the major metaethical positions within Western philosophy such as deontological, utilitarian, and virtue ethics in light of the Christian World-view for the purpose of analyzing and synthesizing theories regarding human conduct. Attention is given to major figures in the history of ethics as well as the nature of ethical language and the concept of value. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall even years)

PHI343 Philosophy of Religion
+

This course introduces students to the specific branch of philosophy known as philosophy of religion. This occurs through an examination of the major issues within the discipline such as the existence of God, the problem of evil, and the nature of religious language. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Spring)

PHI343-A
Bates, Todd
01/11/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 125

PHI363 Metaphysics
+

This course is a study of the basic questions regarding reality as they have developed within Western philosophy. The study will examine such topics as matter, form substance, existence, and such movements as idealism, nominalism, realism, and materialism. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Multicultural; Spring even years)

PHI499 Senior Project
+

A senior capstone course designed to demonstrate the competence of Philosophy majors in the discipline and showcase their research and writing skills. The portfolio produced by the student in completion of this project must conform to the departmental guidelines for Senior Projects. Prerequisite: Senior status. (3 units; Spring)

PHI499-A
Key, Scott B.
01/11/2017 M 3:45 PM - 4:45 PM James Complex 190
PHI499-A
Bates, Todd
09/05/2017 - Instructor OFFC

Twentieth Century Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete six (6) units from the following

PHI420 Readngs in 20th Cent Epistmology
+

This course is a study of 20th Century Epistemology. It provides an introduction to the major figures and movements of contemporary epistemology. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring odd years)nesï=&¢

PHI420-A
Mosteller, Timothy
01/11/2017 W 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM James Complex 263

PHI421 Twentieth-century Ethics
+

A study of 20th century meta-ethics. The course provides an introduction, rooted in primary texts, of the major figures and movements of the 20th thought and seeks to investigate and assess these figures and movements in light of the convictions of the Christian world view. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall odd years)Sprä=-(¢

PHI422 Twentieth-century Philosophy
+

A study of 20th century philosophy. The course provides an introduction, rooted in primary texts, of the major figures and movements of the 20th thought and seeks to investigate and assess these figures and movements in light of the convictions of the Christian world view. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall even years)

PHI433 Apologetics: Theory and Method
+

An analysis of the various methods used, the logic employed, the philosophical assumptions utilized, and the potential effectiveness of the major approaches to the apologetic task currently debated by contemporary apologists. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring even years)

POL429 Critic Pol Phil & Postmodrnsm
+

This course examines 20th century responses to modernity and its political and social theories. It focuses on continental philosophers and relates their ideas to contemporary society and politics. It begins with the Frankfurt School of critical theory and its criticisms of modern culture, and then moves from Nietzschean and Heideggerian thought to the hermeneutic theory of Gadamer and Ricoeur. After this, the course assesses the political relevance of the poststructuralism of Foucault, Derrida, and Lyotard. It concludes with Habermas' discourse ethics and deliberative democracy. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring odd years)

POL429-A
Luther, Timothy C.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM James Complex 104

Special Interests in Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

PHI312 Aesthetics
+

An introduction to philosophical aesthetics, which has been marginalized and often ignored in philosophical discourse during the past four hundred years. During the last few decades the questions posted by aesthetics have moved back into the center of the philosophical discussion, including the use of the concept by “post-modern” thinkers. The course seeks to bring the student into the longer conversation concerning beauty, “retrieve” important elements that have been lost, and provide a basis for further study. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Fall odd years)

PHI312-A
Key, Scott B.
09/05/2017 T 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM TBA

PHI324 Applied Ethics
+

An exploration of the application of various metaethical theories to ethical questions and issues that arise in various arenas of life. The study involves both the examination of methods as well as cases. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

PHI324-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/05/2017 M 10:45 AM - 11:45 AM Mission Hall 109

PHI353 Comparative Religions
+

This course is an introduction to the major religious traditions of the world, particularly Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The historical development, key figures, as well as major doctrines and practices are explored. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Multicultural; Fall/Spring)

PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 124
PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
01/11/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 124
PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
05/08/2017 W 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM BUS 103
PHI353-A
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/05/2017 T 8:45 AM - 10:15 AM BUS 203
PHI353-B
Stumpf, Amy R.
09/05/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM BUS 203

PHI400 Special Studies
+

Concentration on specific philosophical areas as particular periods, traditional philosophical classifications, or individual philosophers. Course is repeatable for credit with a change in topic. (3 units; Fall)

PHI403 Cultural Apologetics
+

A study of the ways in which the truth of the Gospel and of the Christian worldview are reflected in popular culture through art, literature, film, music, and television. Prerequisite: PHI 213. (3 units; Spring odd years)

PHI403-A
Bates, Todd
01/11/2017 T 12:15 PM - 1:45 PM Yeager Center B252

Political Philosophy Elective Requirement

Complete three (3) units from the following

POL423 Classical Political Philosophy
+

This course examines the origin of Western political, social, and legal thought in order to understand the present through the great political works of the past. It begins in ancient Greece in early democratic Athens and moves through Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle. From there, the course explores classical Rome, focusing on Polybius and Cicero. Since the advent of Christianity shapes the development of medieval political thought, the political thought of St. Augustine, John of Salisbury, St. Thomas Aquinas, Marsilio of Padua, Dante, and Thomas More are discussed. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Fall odd years)

POL423-A
Luther, Timothy C.
09/05/2017 T 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM TBA

POL425 Modern Political Philosophy
+

This course entails a comparative study of modern social, legal, and political philosophy, from the Renaissance toward the present by focusing on the great works of the Western traditions, including Machiavelli, Hobbes, Locke, Rousseau, Montesqueie, Kant, Hegel, Bentham, Marx, Mill. The course examines the relationship between these various political philosophers and the modern political world. (3 units; Interdisciplinary; Spring even years)