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Be insightful.

Philosophers spend a lifetime thoughtfully pursuing truth. We will train you to think critically, clearly articulate your viewpoint, and step into other perspectives as you consider the pressing issues. Leave Trinity prepared to apply philosophical truths in ministry, the academy, or the workplace.

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COURSEWORK

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Requirements total 31 hours. These include 16 core hours of Philosophy courses and 15 hours from elective courses. Additionally, students may complete up to two specializations of 12 hours each chosen from among their elective hours. You’ll take interesting courses like:

  • Foundations of Cultural Engagement
  • Psychology of Religion
  • Seminar in Business and Management Ethics

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CAREERS & INTERNSHIPS

The great American philosopher William James once called philosophy, “the collective name for questions that have not been answered to the satisfaction of all who have asked them.” As a philosophy major, you will be the one asking those questions as you engage in classes at Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as a part of your undergraduate coursework. You will even have the chance to attend conference hosted by organizations such as the American Academy of Religion and the Evangelical Philosophical Society. Whether your interests lie in ethics, apologetics, or religion, Trinity will help you develop skills that will set you apart from others in the field.

Career Objectives Include:

 

 

Course Title Credits
Philosophy Major Requirements (Total 31 hours)
Philosophy Core (16 hours)
PH 170 Logic 3 hours
PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PH 381X History of Western Thought I 3 hours
PH 382X History of Western Thought II 3 hours
PH 499 Fall Senior Seminar 1 hour
Choose one:
PH 431 Contemporary Philosophy 3 hours
PH 432 Problems in Philosophy 3 hours
Electives (15 hours)
15 hours of elective courses are required of all Philosophy majors (including 9 hours specifically designated as PH courses). Non-Philosophy electives can be chosen from any of the courses listed below in “Specializations.” Note: students completing one specialization need 3 additional hours of electives to complete the major.
Specializations
Philosophy majors may achieve a Specialization designation in Apologetics, Ethics, or Philosophy of Religion by taking 12 hours in that specific area as part of your elective hours. No Specialization is required and no more than two Specializations are allowed.
Apologetics (12 hours)
PH 330 Apologetics 3 hrs
Choose three:
PH 351 Topics in Apologetics 3 hrs
PH 431 Contemporary Philosophy (not taken to fulfill Core requirement) 3 hrs
PH 432 Problems in Philosophy (not taken to fulfill Core requirement) 3 hrs
BRS 330 Christian Evidences 3 hrs
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement 3 hrs
PR 5500 Apologetics 3 hrs
Oxford Center or RZIM Institute (program and credits must be preapproved) – 1-6 hrs
Ethics (12 hours)
PH 182 Ethics 3 hrs
Choose three:
PH 353 Topics in Ethics 3 hrs
PH 431 Contemporary Philosophy (not taken to fulfill Core requirement) 3 hrs
PH 432 Problems in Philosophy (not taken to fulfill Core requirement) 3 hrs
BE 474X Introduction to Bioethics 3 hrs
BE 475X Topics in Bioethics 3 hrs
BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute 3 hrs
BE 477X Undergraduate National Conference 2-3 hrs
BUS 490 Seminar in Business and Management Ethics 3 hrs
PR 7220 Ethical Theory 3 hrs
Philosophy of Religion (12 hrs)
PH 362 Philosophy of Religion 3 hrs
Choose three:
PH 352 Topics in Philosophy of Religion 3 hrs
PH 359H Christian Classics 3 hrs
PH 431 Contemporary Philosophy (not taken to fulfill Core requirement) 3 hrs
PH 432 Problems in Philosophy (not taken to fulfill Core requirement) 3 hrs
BRS 335 Survey of World Religions 3 hrs
PSY 430 Psychology of Religion 3 hrs
Any one Religious Studies (TGS), Philosophy of Religion or World Religions (TEDS) course – 3 hrs