Students majoring in philosophy develop critical thinking skills that are essential in all aspects of personal, political, and professional lives.
The Philosophy B.A. program at Finlandia is designed specifically to respond to the university’s goal to educate the whole person and foster intellectual challenge. As such, it is flexible enough to provide sufficient training for graduate school or for those who choose to pursue a career directly after college. Potential graduate students will be trained in how to read difficult philosophical texts, formulate logically sound arguments, and write persuasive papers on philosophical topics.
A bachelor’s in philosophy is for students who do not anticipate going to graduate school but want to gain a wide grounding in: the history of philosophy from ancient Greece to the present, the key topics in philosophy today, including biomedical ethics, environmental philosophy, and philosophy of sex and gender, and an understanding of not only how arguments work but how to critically think. The ultimate goal is to challenge students to think on their own and begin to formulate one’s own worldview.
Philosophy Program Goals
- Educate the whole person by cultivating a personal philosophy, global awareness, and an understanding of the world as an interdependent system.
- Foster intellectual challenge through learning the history of philosophy and becoming familiar with contemporary philosophical questions and issues.
- Prepare students for graduate school education in both philosophy and other disciplines in the humanities.
- Develop graduates with critical thinking skills that prepare them for challenges in their careers after college.
- Cultivate argumentation skills of students through learning how arguments work, learning to question assumptions, and learning to craft logically sound arguments.
Clubs & Organizations – Philosophy Degree
APA – American Philosophical Association
The American Philosophical Association promotes the discipline and profession of philosophy, both within the academy and in the public arena. The APA supports the professional development of philosophers at all levels and works to foster greater understanding and appreciation of the value of philosophical inquiry.
Scholarships – Bachelor’s Degree in Philosophy
Study Abroad Opportunities – Philosophy Programs
Finlandia believes it is important for the student to be exposed to the world. By fostering exchange relations with foreign learning institutions we are able to bring experts from around the world to teach on campus and offer students the opportunity to attend college overseas while pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy.
Additional Links and Forms – Philosophy Degrees
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What you will learn
Along with receiving a good grounding in the history of philosophy, philosophy majors will be provided with an understanding of contemporary philosophical and ethical issues. In addition to academic and teaching careers, philosophy graduates equipped with the impressively transferable work skill of critical thinking enter careers in the fields of government, politics, law, business, journalism, computer science, health care, communication, and public relations.
What Can I Do with a Bachelor's in Philosophy?
Graduates will be able to:
- Demonstrate critical thinking skills by showing the ability to analyze and evaluate arguments.
- Formulate arguments that are coherent, reasonable, and defendable.
- Identify the various historical traditions of philosophy and differentiate between them.
- Apply knowledge from ethical and philosophical theories to everyday situations.
- Compare and contrast philosophies from the past and present.
- Assess differing philosophical systems according to legitimacy and practicality.
Sample Courses (CORE)
Classical topics in Western philosophical ethics, applied to current ethical concerns in areas such as the value of life, sexuality, medicine, business, media, and the environment. Available fall and spring semesters.
- Ancient Greek Philosophy
Examines primary texts of ancient Greek philosophy, beginning with the pre-Socratics and moving through the giants of the ancient philosophical world: Plato and Aristotle. Also includes ancient philosophical traditions such as Epicureanism and Stoicism. Available spring semester, odd years.
- Philosophy of the Self
Looks at the history of the self by exploring some pivotal thinkers in each epoch of Western history: the ancient, medieval, and modern. It then tries to understand what it means to be a self in contemporary society using postmodern thinkers as its background. Available fall semester, odd years. Prerequisite: PHL 101 or PHL 212.