Philosophy

Philosophy

Our philosophy program offers students a broad education in historical and contemporary philosophical explorations of various regions of human experience, including the nature of knowledge and reality, the theoretical foundations of morality and ethics, and the distinction between cogent and fallacious reasoning. In so doing, we draw upon work of the greatest thinkers of the ancient, modern, and contemporary periods.

Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy

Philosophy examines the fundamental assumptions and problems implicit in the framework of human experience, critically assesses those assumptions, and seeks to articulate and defend alternatives for their improvement. As such, our philosophy major offers students a valuable educational background for the pursuit of careers in a variety of fields including law, journalism, government, public service, and business.

Minor in Philosophy

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Because of its emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and persuasive writing and speech, our philosophy minor is an ideal complement to many majors and helps prepare students for careers in a wide range of fields including business, law, medicine, advertising, and criminal justice.

Student Opportunities

Our Curriculum

With its emphasis on logical analysis, problem-solving, and cogent writing, the philosophy major is excellent preparation for nearly any profession. In addition to graduate work in the humanities or theology, many philosophy majors advance to successful careers in law, journalism, government, and business.

Because the philosophy degree can easily be a second major, the program complements many other studies, from the natural sciences to business.

Phi Sigma Tau Honor Society

The Humanities and Teacher Education Division sponsors a chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the national honor society of philosophy. Phi Sigma Tau recognizes excellence in scholarship and promotes philosophical discussion outside of the classroom through informal events. The national honor society publishes the bi--annual journal, Dialogue, providing undergraduate students in philosophy the opportunity to be published.

Our Alumni Spotlight

Our Pepperdine philosophy majors have impressive records. Some have pursued careers immediately after graduating, while others have gone on to graduate and professional programs, including Ph.D. programs in philosophy, medical schools, law schools, and nursing schools.

Learn about our alumni here

Business Emphasis for Philosophy Majors

Philosophy majors interested in pursuing business careers should take certain business-related courses in addition to their major. These courses should assist them in entering MBA programs or in finding employment upon graduation.

Student Testimonials

Possible Minors

Women's Studies Minor

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Our women's studies minor helps students to reshape their thinking about culture and societies. We offer feminist perspectives that uncover the dynamics of both masculine and feminine gender.

Ethnic Studies Minor

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Our ethnic studies minor focuses on the historical experiences, creative expression, and interactions of the various ethnic, racial, religious, and linguistic groups in the United States and other countries.

African American Studies Minor

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We offer an interdisciplinary African American studies minor that provides students with a critical understanding of the historical, social and political thought and experience of African Americans.