Philosophy, B.A.

Program Overview

Do you have a passion for exploring the difficult questions about God, social justice, and the human condition? Are you comfortable with the complex? Do you seek out logical and ethical solutions to the issues facing society today? With a bachelor’s degree in philosophy you can apply your strengths in critical thinking, exploration, communication, and problem-solving to a wide variety of careers.

Our faculty provides a wide range of perspectives and expertise varying from modern and contemporary philosophy, ancient greek and postmodern philosophy, male and female perspectives, metaphysics, philosophy of religion, reasoning, and ethics. These professors are active scholars who engage their students in thoughtful analysis of timeless questions of the human condition, as well as those unique questions that face society today.

Kevin Portillo, M.Div. (14)

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Kevin Portillo, M.Div. (14)

As a pastor, Kevin Portillo’s (14) passion for theology, the church, and ministry aren’t surprising. But they weren’t always a part of his life. Today, Portillo is an associate pastor of discipleship at Faith Community Church of the Nazarene in Lodi, California. However, he didn’t grow up in a Christian environment. 

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After gaining an introductory understanding of philosophy and ethics, you will be able to examine more in-depth studies, such as philosophy and film, social philosophy, philosophy of science, and the philosophy of love. Majoring in philosophy at PLNU will help you to develop and master critical analyses of difficult texts, creative problem-solving skills, and an ability to clearly and persuasively articulate complex thoughts and ideas. These skills will prepare you to stand out in your graduate school or career of choice. In fact, philosophy majors consistently score better than nearly all other majors on graduate school admission exams and on the Law School Admissions Test (LSAT).

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For most students, the transition into college life is one full of adjustments. There is the excitement of newfound freedoms, but also some uncertainty as you begin to make choices and take responsibility for your own future. 

At PLNU, we’re committed to supporting you — academically, professionally, spiritually, personally — so that you may be successful both in your time as a student and beyond. That’s why we offer a holistic support system that focuses on your unique experiences, particular needs, and personal and professional goals — resulting from our deep concern for you, our student.

With a focus on authentic relationships and personalized attention, our goal is to help transform you so you can follow your calling in your own career and life.

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Career Opportunities

The versatile set of skills you’ll develop by pursuing a degree in philosophy from PLNU will equip you for fields as varied as law, education, business, government, and journalism. PLNU philosophy alumni have held various positions at nonprofit faith-based organizations, universities, and ministries like University of Notre Dame, Nazarene Theological Seminary Kansas City, Nazarene Compassionate Ministries, and many more.

PLNU cultivates passion, professionalism, and a values-driven approach to work in a context that combines your intellect and faith and equips you to become a purposeful and trustworthy leader in your workplace.

A bachelor's degree in philosophy can lead to a career in the following:

  • Journalism
  • Nonprofit Organizations
  • Education
  • Government or Public Policy
  • Public Relations
  • Academia
  • Finance
  • Domestic or International Law
  • Consulting
  • Business
Emilie Anderson (19)

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Emilie Anderson (19)

Emilie Anderson (19) didn’t always know she was a philosopher. She wasn’t aware of that until her sophomore year at PLNU, when she attended a general philosophy class.

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