PHILOSOPHY

31 credit hours


WHY STUDY PHILOSOPHY AT TIU?

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 in classes at Trinity College and Trinity Evangelical Divinity School as a part of your undergraduate coursework. You will also have the chance to attend conferences hosted by organizations like 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.

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE ME TO EARN MY DEGREE?

Most Philosophy majors finish their degree in 3-4 years. 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.

DID YOU KNOW?

You will have the opportunity to interact with some of the great philosophers of our time through academic conferences and in-class video conversations. Past guests have included William Lane Craig, Ravi Zacharias, and others.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

Studying philosophy at Trinity will empower you to develop, express, and defend your own philosophical perspective. You will learn to bring your ideas into dialogue with past masters and current dignitaries, many of whom are great Christian minds.

By using a distinctly critical, historical, and Christian approach, our goal is to help you be a part of the next generation of excellent thinkers. You will interact with perspectives foreign to and familiar with the Christian tradition. You will know how to think carefully about these views. And you will be prepared to stake claims and provide reasons for a design plan aimed at truth, goodness, and beauty.

COURSEWORK:

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

Specializations:

  • Apologetics
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion

Philosophy Courses

CORE COURSES
Course Title Credits
PH 170 Logic 3 hours
PH 180 Introduction to Philosophy 3 hours
PH 381 History of Western Thought I 3 hours
PH 382 History of Western Thought II 3 hours
PH 499 Fall Senior Seminar 1 hour
Choose one:
PH 431
OR
PH 432
Contemporary Philosophy
OR
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.
Total Hours 31 hours
SPECIALIZATIONS
Philosophy majors may achieve a Specialization designation in Apologetics, Ethics, or Philosophy of Religion by taking 12 hours in that specific area. No Specialization is required and no more than two Specializations are allowed.
APOLOGETICS
Course Title Credits
PH 170 Logic 3 hours
PH 190 Introduction to Apologetics 3 hours
Choose three of the following: 9 hours
PH 351 Topics in Apologetics
PH 431 Contemporary Philosophy*
PH 432 Problems in Philosophy
BRS 330 Christian Evidences
ID 5002 Foundations of Cultural Engagement
PH 390 Advanced Apologetics
PR 5600 Christian Faith and Contemporary Challenges
CC 5610 Cultural Hermeneutics
ME 5001 Foundations of Evangelism
Total Hours 12 hours
ETHICS
Course Title Credits
PH 170 Logic 3 hours
PH 182 Ethics 3 hours
PH 234 Love and Friendship 3 hours
Choose three of the following: 9 hours
PH 352 Topics in Ethics
PH 431 Contemporary Philosophy*
PH 432 Problems in Philosophy
BE 474X Introduction to Bioethics
BE 475X Topics in Bioethics
BE 476X Undergraduate Bioethics Institute
BE 477X Undergraduate National Conference
BUS 490 Seminar in Business and Management Ethics
PR 7220 Ethical Theory
Total Hours 15 hours
PHILOSHOPHY OF RELIGION 
Course Title Credits
PH 170 Logic 3 hours
PH 362 Philosophy of Religion 3 hours
Choose three of the following: 9 hours
PH 353 Topics in Philosophy of Religion
PH 359 Topics for Honor Students
PH 431 Contemporary Philosophy*
PH 432 Problems in Philosophy
PH 363X Survey of Religious Diversity
PSY 430 Psychology of Religion
Any one Religious Studies (TGS), Philosophy of Religion or World Religions (TEDS) course
Total Hours 12 hours
*Students may only use one of these two courses, namely, whichever course is not used to fulfill the core requirements of the major.

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