God has "set eternity in the human heart" (Ecclesiastes 3:11). We are primed to ask big questions—questions about God, the meaning of life, morality, and politics. The questions about what really matters. But some people might tell you majoring in Philosophy is a dead end. The facts, however, tell a different story. Philosophy majors:
It turns out that the things that Philosophy teaches—rigorous thinking, discussing and writing intelligently about challenging arguments, evaluating divergent takes on difficult issues, understanding different perspectives—give a strong foundation for the next career steps. So it’s not surprising that when the Wall Street Journal broke down median mid-career earnings by undergraduate major, Philosophy outperformed almost all other majors.
Keep asking the questions that really matter, because if you major in Philosophy, you stand a strong chance of also opening an attractive career path.
The Philosophy major only requires 31 credit hours, so you have flexibility to double-major, explore courses you love, or focus on pre-professional preparation for law school or medical school. Our Philosophy Minor and Ethics Minor offer a foundation in Philosophy that pairs well with many majors, especially in History, Global & Political Science and Art, Film & Media.
From studying in Spain or at Oxford to participating in our National Championship Ethics Bowl team (which regularly reaches Nationals and won the National Championship in 2015), from discussing the big questions to strong alumni outcomes, Taylor’s Philosophy program will give you abundant opportunities for study, growth, and fun.
At a small Christian university with a nationally-recognized Student Development program and emphasis on intentional community, you’ll be much more than a number. At Taylor, you’ll have opportunities to cultivate personal relationships with fellow students and with your professors. Students also have opportunities to work on faculty-led research and scholarship projects.
Taylor’s Philosophy program uses an approach you won't find at every Christian university. We don't shelter students from reading influential material that reflects a secular worldview. Instead, we engage texts from all thought leaders, and help students think through them in a discipleship-oriented community with professors who are deeply rooted in Jesus Christ.
Philosophy professor Dr. Kevin Diller explains what studying philosophy at Taylor looks like.
Students interested in course descriptions and academic policies can check out our Undergraduate Catalog here.
The Foundational Core is the key to Taylor’s total education. These classes will give you a big-picture view of how your calling connects with God's purpose for your life, engaging with ideas that will demonstrate how God has given you certain talents and skills to bring healing to the world. Each student who completes the Foundational Core emerges as a well-versed individual, equipped with critical thinking skills, a lifelong love of learning, and an appreciation for God's creation.
Stop by for a visit. As you pray, seek good counsel, and make a decision about your next step, nothing will give you a sense of whether or not Taylor and our Philosophy program is the right fit for you like visit our campus in Upland, Indiana. Having lunch with some current Philosophy students where you can get the “inside scoop” and talking with the Philosophy professors will give you a good sense of what it would be like to study Philosophy here. Ask honest questions and we’ll give you honest answers.
Get to know the professors. The Lord has blessed us with a strong Philosophy faculty who enjoy each other and our students.