Philosophy Concentration

Don’t be fooled: Philosophy is not an ancient study with irrelevance for the modern day. In reality, civil discourse, critical thought, and intellectual virtue are critically needed in order for our society to grow and flourish.

Philosophy – the love of wisdom – is central to the active life of the mind, and the analytical and communication techniques you develop in our philosophy concentration give you a strong foundation for the workplace or further study.

Looking for a field of study that gives you versatility in the job market? The philosophy concentration, as part of our theology major, prepares you to succeed in any field you choose – whether in education, law, ministry, social service, or careers in government or politics. Since philosophy grads are able to think well, write well, and speak well, they find many doors in business or public administration open to them as well.

Fun fact: Which undergraduate program averages highest on the MCAT (admission test for medical school)? Answer: Philosophy (not biology or chemistry, as you might expect). Does that suggest pre-med students should study philosophy? Not necessarily, but it does prove that, in a good logic class, you learn to think critically and strengthen your reasoning skills.

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Why Study Philosophy at George Fox?

At the center of our program is the conviction that the Christian faith is relevant to all of life. We believe it is not enough to understand ethical theory or Christian belief as academic topics; we seek to develop persons who deeply display a Christ-like character.

Here are some reasons to consider joining us:

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What Will I Study?

Our program covers the fundamentals of the discipline and explores many of life’s deeper questions and topics, including:

  • Ethical theory
  • Logic: How to evaluate arguments
  • Reasons for Christian belief
  • What is “knowledge,” and how do we know?
  • What is the difference between “good” and “bad” character?
  • How to pray so that my life is changed
  • How to apply Christian truth to political questions

Upon graduating from our program, you will:

  • Understand important concepts, theories and skills of theologically oriented philosophy and describe how they interact with the content of disciplines outside of theology and philosophy
  • Demonstrate effective writing skills in theology/philosophy essays
  • Apply critical skills from the curriculum to make decisions and solve problems
  • Analyze, evaluate and integrate ideas from a variety of sources both in written essays and speech
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