Philosophy

Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in philosophy will have the opportunity to understand human reflective traditions and strengthen their sense of awareness. Also, students will learn about the timeless philosophical problems and the array of philosophy types.

By the end of their studies in the philosophy program, students will understand the history of philosophy, be able to describe and critique the most important historical and contemporary frameworks of the topic and be able to apply analytical skills to the discipline.

Students pursuing a philosophy degree have the opportunity to hone their research skills, in addition to their writing and presentation skills through their work on a senior project.

In addition, our students are encouraged to embrace liberal arts to strengthen their educational experience, which in turn enhances their lives.

Program Highlights

  • Develop intellectual independence, tolerance for different points of view and freedom from dogmatism
  • Development of critical thinking, analytical and communication skills
  • Participation in the Pacific University Undergraduate Philosophy Conference, an annual, two-day conference each spring attracting students from the Northwest and across the country representing more than 20 states and Canada
  • Hear a keynote address at the spring conference by a renowned philosopher—past speakers have included Paul Churchland, Hilary Putnam, John Searle, Keith Lehrer, Catherine Elgin, John Perry, Jerry Fodor, Hubert Dreyfus, Alvin Plantinga, and Cora Diamond.
  • Interact with dedicated faculty of scholars who thrive on one-to-one interaction with students
  • Involvement in rigorous analysis of philosophical texts, discussion-based classes, exposure to alternate worldviews and links between philosophy and other disciplines
  • Career-Building Experience

    Those with a bachelor's degree in philosophy are well prepared for careers in teaching, law, politics, health care, counseling, publishing and business. Past students have also gone on to do graduate studies in medicine, law and liberal arts.

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    Courses

    Philosophy majors can choose from two distinct tracks: general philosophy or ethics, society and law. Either way, philosophy majors are encouraged to take courses in all the areas that Pacific offers. In addition, students also have the opportunity to take courses including bioethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, philosophy of law, philosophy of art and Asian philosophy.

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