When the Apostle Paul was in Athens, he spoke with Epicurean and Stoic philosophers. Christians today continue that conversation, and some Christians have been remarkable philosophers in their own right (e.g., Augustine and Aquinas). Philosophy resembles mathematics, in its rigor and clarity; history, in its sensitivity to people and ideas across cultures and ages; and literature, in its concern for articulate expression.
Philosophy is about the rigorous structuring of ideas and articulate expression, which is exactly what Amelia Dobbs ’14 loves. “The classes are usually in a small setting, and the professor sets up the topic with contextual history and previous beliefs,” she says. “The professors guide the conversations but allow us to come to our own conclusions.”
Classes are structured to challenge students in their own belief while providing a foundation of sound, biblical understanding. Students will take classes introducing them to Islam, Buddhism and Church history so they may gain a better understanding of Christianity.
As for Amelia, studying philosophy is anything but boring. “My major excites me because it never shows a dead end,” says Amelia. “I’m learning to go beyond just accepting a person and learning to engage in true dialogue.”
Philosophy majors are well positioned to pursue any career that requires analytical reasoning, as well as graduate school in philosophy, theology, ministry, business, law, or medicine.
Why study Philosophy?
- Recent articles in The Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg Business Week, The New York Times, and The Guardian have highlighted the benefits of, and interest in, philosophy majors.
- The mid-career 90th percentile salary is higher for philosophy than for mechanical engineering or computer science.
- Philosophy majors score higher than any kind of prelaw major on the LSAT.
- On the GMAT, philosophy scores 15 percent higher than all business majors.
- Boost your GRE score. In a three year study (2001–2004), people taking the GRE to study philosophy scored highest in verbal reasoning (ahead of even English majors) and highest in analytical writing (ahead of engineering majors) and scored high in quantitative reasoning (ahead of accounting majors).