Philosophy Student


Marston Hall
Stephen Layman, Ph.D.
(206) 281-2036
or (206) 281-2220

Seattle Pacific University teaches philosophy from a strong Christian perspective. When you study philosophy here, you learn to see the connections between different fields of thought such as science, religion and ethics. You’ll also engage the world of ideas, challenging assumptions that often lie at the heart of belief systems.  "The following article, "Why Future Business Leaders need Philosophy," offers an intriguing perspective on how philosophy can prepare students to challenge assumptions fruitfully.

When you major or minor in philosophy, you develop strong skills in writing, debating and communicating complex ideas. Courses include ancient and medieval philosophy, logic, ethics and more. You’ll study such great thinkers as Kant, Descartes and C.S. Lewis. And throughout the program, you’ll explore the connections and conflicts between numerous philosophical positions and Christian theology. Seattle Pacific philosophy majors are also encouraged to participate in European Quarter, a faculty-led quarter of study overseas in countries such as Italy, Germany and France.

If you choose a major other than philosophy, consider studying philosophy as your second major. “Double-majoring” allows students to get the most of their university experience and brings out the connections between disciplines.

When students graduate with a degree in philosophy from SPU, they’ve developed skills that are important to a wide variety of careers. Many continue study in graduate schools such as Notre Dame, Villanova and Indiana University. Others enter careers in the high-tech industry, ministry, teaching and counseling. For more information, click on the links below.

Requirements for Philosophy Major
Description and Classes for Philosophy Major
Requirements for Philosophy Minor
Description and Classes for Philosophy Minor
Requirements for Philosophy Double Major
Description and Classes for Philosophy Double Major
Application for the Philosophy Major or Minor (PDF)
What Can You Do With a B.A. in Philosophy?
From general reflections to concrete possibilities.
Thinking About Graduate School in Philosophy?
Some thoughts to get you started...
Outside links for more information concerning Philosophy 
Philosophy Faculty
Department of Philosophy

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