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Philosophy

About the Philosophy Program

The philosophy major within the Department of Theology seeks to stimulate a sense of wonder that leads to wisdom; encourage development of a capacity for analytical and critical judgment; foster discriminating reflection on reality, existence, knowledge, duty and values; and set a pattern for continuing growth in faith and philosophy of life. Students in the major and minor are expected to model a lifestyle becoming of a minister of Jesus Christ in covenant with the SAU program. Admission to the major/minor commits the student to a yearly renewal of this covenant through recommendations and review of the student’s campus life, academic performance and ministry activity.

Other programs offered through the Department of Theology include:

Why should you choose SAU’s philosophy program?

Our philosophy program is purposefully broad-based. It uses a three course sequence to engage the student in the history of philosophy. Along with the historical emphasis the student is offered courses in special topics such as logic, ethics, world religions and philosophy of religion.

Our philosophy courses are used as support courses for the other majors and programs within the Department of Theology. All programs in the Department of Theology offer a unique blend of solid academics and spiritual formation, seen most readily in a central theological curriculum that all these programs share. This curriculum includes courses in the four areas that make up what is commonly known as the Wesleyan Quadrilateral: Scripture, tradition, reason and experience.

Courses, Course Descriptions & Four-Year Plan

The courses for the 36-hour philosophy major include such subjects as survey of worldviews, contemporary moral issues, history of Christianity, history of philosophy, critical thinking, world religions and spiritual formation. It is great for a double major, and there is also a 21-hour minor available.

View the course requirements and layout, course descriptions, a sample four-year plan, as well as learn more about the philosophy program at Spring Arbor University in the undergraduate catalog.

Meet the Faculty

Meet the Faculty

Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

Students completing a major in this area are, many times, interested in immediate graduate school work in philosophy. Preparation in this area may lead to a teaching career in higher education or may be used as a pre-law program. Philosophy majors also may enter seminary as a way into Christian ministry. Also, Philosophy majors often score the highest on the GRE and the MCATS.

To learn more about how Spring Arbor helps its graduates prepare for a career, visit our career development section.

On-Campus Opportunities

On-Campus Opportunities

Spring Arbor University offers a wide range of activities and opportunities for students to get involved and apply what they’re learning in the classroom to real-world contexts. Here are some opportunities that may interest theology students:

  • Band of Brothers (men’s ministry) – Band of Brothers is a ministry for men on campus to train up to become godly fathers, husbands and leaders. They meet together every Monday night. The men gather to seek God in prayer, receive a challenging message and lift each other up.
  • Circle of Sisters (women’s ministry) – Circle of Sisters is a ministry for women on campus to take scripture to heart by meeting together every Monday night to hear a challenging message and lift up each other in prayer. Each week, women meet for an hour to listen to a speaker discuss specific topics that young women deal with, and in the process, the women help each other in their walks with God.
  • Communidad Aqua Viva – This Free Methodist church for Spanish-speaking residents of the Jackson area was established in 2003 through the work of Spring Arbor students and residents of Jackson. The church offers students an opportunity to minister to the Hispanic people of Jackson as well as provide opportunities to practice speaking Spanish.
  • Interfaith Shelter Ministries – Interfaith Shelter is a homeless shelter located in downtown Jackson. Spring Arbor students spend one day a week serving food and visiting with the people of the shelter. They also lead small group fellowships and organize an annual food and clothing drive. For information about volunteering at Interfaith Shelter, please call 517.789.8735.
  • Small Groups – Students have many opportunities to join a small group, whether it’s the Student Development and Learning small group program, a residence hall Bible study group, a prayer group, or accountability partners. Whatever your need, Spring Arbor will be able to fill it.
  • Spiritual Life Retreat – Although students always look forward to activities like the traditional four-square tournament and the Frisbee golf competition, the real reason for the Spiritual Life Retreat is spiritual development and genuine life change. More than 150 students steal away for a weekend of games, good food and a gratifying, spiritual jumpstart to the school year. Students literally sleep outside the student development office to reserve a space for this wildly popular event.
  • Spring Break Mission trips– During Spring Break, handful of mission teams gear up and hit the road to minister to and serve people around the country and abroad. For information, contact Steve Newton at steve.newton@arbor.edu.

See a full list of the various activities and organizations available to students at Spring Arbor University.