Philosophy Major and Minor
The philosophy major at Seaver College 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.
Philosophy examines the fundamental assumptions and problems implicit in the framework of the human experience, critically assesses those assumptions, and seeks to articulate and defend alternatives for their improvement. As such, our philosophy degree program offers students a valuable educational background for the pursuit of careers in a variety of fields including law, journalism, government, public service, and business.
Because of its emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and persuasive writing and speech, the 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.
Our computer science/philosophy curriculum provides students with a working knowledge of logic with applications to philosophical argumentation and to program analysis. Students learn multiple programming paradigms and their languages and experience a senior capstone course in philosophy.
- 1Honor Society
- 36Units Required
- 14:1Student:Faculty Ratio
- MalibuCampus Location
Philosophy Major 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 Religion and Philosophy 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 biannual journal, Dialogue, providing undergraduate students in philosophy the opportunity to be published. Interested students should contact Dr. Garrett Pendergraft.
Our Alumni Spotlight
Our Pepperdine philosophy majors have impressive records. Some have pursued careers immediately after graduating, while others have gone on to graduate from professional programs, including doctoral programs in philosophy, medical schools, law schools, and nursing schools.
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.
The Philosophy Club is committed to providing a venue for philosophical activities that is both distinct from and complementary to what goes on in the classroom. Our discussions on philosophical topics—ranging from personal identity, the existence of God to the philosophy of language and animal rights—make up the club's core.
To join the discussion, contact Dr. Tomas Bogardus
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Contact Our Division
Religion and Philosophy Division
24255 Pacific Coast Highway
Malibu, CA 90263-4352
Division Office Location:
Daniel A. Rodriguez
Chair & Professor of Religion