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Philosophy Major/Minor

Lovers of Wisdom

Philosophy means “love of wisdom,” and that is what you develop in Taylor’s Philosophy program. Regardless of God’s calling on your life, the Philosophy major prepares your mind and heart for service.

Discussion-based philosophy classes contribute toward a rigorous and rewarding training that will develop critical thinking, textual analysis, and moral reasoning skills. Through philosophy, you will expand your perspective on different ways of thinking and be challenged to engage with a variety of thoughts and ideas. Students explore diverse worldviews, the history of philosophy, pressing current issues, ethical quandaries, and the foundations of human thought. Philosophy students can follow complex lines of reasoning, see the various sides of issues, and craft thoughtful responses.

You'll learn what it means to be a truly virtuous person through interacting in our community, attending conferences, participating in the Ethics Bowl program, and being mentored by our Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy faculty. Each of Taylor’s Philosophy professors has seminary training and weaves theological insights into their philosophy lessons and scholarly publications.

Think About it

The Philosophy program digs deep into the core of liberal arts education, effectively preparing our students to excel in graduate school and their careers. The success of our graduates in a wide variety of fields is a testament to how well our program prepares them in the transferable skills of critical thinking and conceptual analysis.

You will study logic, Christian apologetics, and the relationship between philosophy and faith. Courses delve into philosophical ideas from the ancient pre-Socratic Greeks to current movements in both analytic and continental philosophy. You can focus on ethics, world religions, metaphysics, epistemology, aesthetics, and philosophy of the mind in our many elective courses. There is no end to the opportunities provided by a Philosophy degree.

See for Yourself

Dr. Kevin Diller, Professor of Philosophy, explains that all you need to start your path in philosophy is an interest in big questions and an attitude that does not simply accept the assumptions made by society.

Minor in Philosophy

Gain a foundational understanding of philosophy and explore how studying logic, beauty, ethics, and religion can support your faith. The Philosophy minor pairs well with many majors, but especially those in the History, Global & Political Science and Art, Film & Media departments.

Philosophy Curriculum & Degree Options

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy
  • Bachelor of Science in Philosophy
  • Philosophy Minor

Contact the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department

Dr. Michael Harbin, Department Chair of Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy
(765) 998-4972
mcharbin@tayloru.edu

Joy Brainer, Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Program Assistant
(765) 998-5148
jybrainer@taylor.edu

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Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy Department

Building on a Biblical Foundation

While all Taylor students take biblical courses, students who want to dive further into God’s Word or pursue further studies in seminary or a career in ministry will be welcomed into the Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy department (BSCP).

In this department, you will examine your understanding of faith with the help of caring faculty, who will serve as scholars, mentors, and teachers and push you to think through critical issues, question why you believe what you believe, and commit to a greater pursuit of your personal faith. Taylor’s BSCP program will build a strong foundation of biblical truth and knowledge that could strengthen the spiritual health of any student.

More Than Contemplating Scripture

Our Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy faculty introduce plenty of development opportunities to our majors. Faculty often invite students to attend conferences and meetings with national ministry organizations to expand their horizons, discover ministry trends, and introduce them to ministry leaders.

Students are encouraged to join on-campus and local ministries, from campus chapel bands to church youth groups to county-wide food drives. Some students also put their critical thinking skills to the test with our nationally-ranked Ethics Bowl team—the Taylor chapter of a national intercollegiate program where students from different schools debate ethical topics.

Biblical- and ministry-focused study abroad opportunities are open to all Taylor students. Walk in the footsteps of the apostle Paul and study the New Testament while exploring Greece, or visit the birthplace and several ministry locations of Jesus during a trip to Jerusalem. Other opportunities include semester-long, J-term, or Spring Break trips to learn about the Word of God and evangelize across diverse cultures.

Committed & Scholarly Faculty

In our Bible and Ministry programs, our faculty help you develop practical thinking, critique, and discernment skills as you strengthen your faith and love for truth and wisdom. The professors are committed to a high view of Scripture and dedicated to providing an eye-opening Christian education, whether in major or general education courses. They are actively seeking out ministry and theological developments, and many are also at the forefront of these developments, researching and publishing book—such as textbooks, faith-building books, and in-depth scholarly reference books—and articles in publications like Tyndale Bulletin, Philosophia Christi, and Christianity Today.

All Greek to You?

Students from any major can take Greek or Hebrew classes to meet the Bachelor of Arts foreign language requirement. Taking two years of either language almost always counts toward at least one year of the language for a seminary program.

Career Opportunities

As Biblical Studies, Christian Ministries & Philosophy students have a 99% placement rate coming out of Taylor, you can graduate with confidence that your liberal arts education will stand out to future employers.

Faculty & Staff
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Michael Harbin

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Brad Seeman

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Ed Meadors

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Greg MaGee

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Hank Voss

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Jim Spiegel

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Jenny Collins

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Joseph Pak

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Joy Brainer

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Kevin Diller

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May Young

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Mike Severe

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Phil Collins

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Richard Smith

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Bill Heth

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