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Philosophy

Foster a sense of wonder and curiosity about the world. Set the pattern for continued growth in both faith and knowledge.

Develop curiosity that leads to success.

Grow both in the classroom and out by combining academic excellence with personal, Christ-centered relationships. As a student in the SAU philosophy program, you will enjoy small class sizes and one-on-one interactions with your professors that give you an edge whether you are pursuing an internship or preparing for the LSAT. Regardless of which path you choose, your time at SAU will prepare you for every aspect of your future!

Program Stats

36 credit-hour major
21 credit-hour minor
15:1 student-to-faculty ratio

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At SAU, you’ll find professors who care about you personally. As a philosophy student, you’ll learn from the following experienced and caring faculty members:

  • Ken Brewer, Professor of Theology, Chair of the Department of Theology
  • Matt Hill, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Co-Director of the Honors Program

Philosophy is about the love of wisdom and, at SAU, the development of God-centered curiosity. Prepare yourself for a future of personal growth and learning with these and other courses:

  • THE 405 Problem of Evil (3)
  • PHI 301 Great Thinkers of the Western World (3)
  • PHI 314 Ethics (3)
  • PHI 316 Western Political Thought (3)
  • PHI 318 War and Peace (3)
  • PHI 334 Critical Thinking (3)
  • PHI 381 Philosophy of Religion (3)
  • PHI 401 Philosophy of Science (3)
  • PHI 402 Environmental Ethics (3)

Find a complete list of philosophy courses in the undergraduate catalog.

Earning a philosophy degree at SAU sets you on the road to success no matter which career you choose. Take your degree with you into any of these opportunities:

  • Banking
  • Business
  • Editing
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Ministry
  • Non-Government Organizations
  • Non-Profit Work
  • Paralegal Work
  • Publishing
  • Seminary
  • Teaching in Higher Education
  • Technology

Because philosophy is not just about thinking deep thoughts, SAU offers these and other great opportunities that will help you grow in your relationships with your peers and with Christ:

  • Communidad Aqua Viva: Established in 2003 through the work of SAU students and Jackson residents, partnering with this Spanish-speaking Free Methodist church creates an opportunity to not just practice your Spanish, but also to minister to the Jackson area Hispanic community.
  • Interfaith Shelter Ministries: Students regularly visit this homeless shelter in Jackson, Michigan to serve food and interact with people in need. Form relationships with people from all walks of life and live out Christ’s example of service in a very practical way.
  • Small Groups: Whether through the Student Development and Learning small group program, a residence hall Bible study group or a prayer group, SAU offers a variety of small group opportunities to meet you where you are. Form deeper relationships and challenge yourself to grow in new ways during your time on campus.
  • Spiritual Life Retreat: Spend a weekend away from campus worshipping and studying the Word with peers. This retreat is all about spiritual development – and quality time in fellowship!
  • Spring Break Missions Trips: Teams of students spend spring break on mission trips around the country and abroad, engaging with communities and attending to their greatest needs.
  • Undergraduate Research Symposium: Present your research to your peers and professors during this annual event. The top three essays receive a cash prize!