Philosophy Program Overview
The Philosophy Department at King University celebrates humanity’s universal and timeless love of wisdom and ancient quest for meaning. We provide a supportive environment in which students actively become a part of this quest through earnest enquiry into the principal issues of philosophy, such as the nature of reality, what we can know and how this knowledge is acquired, the nature of truth and beauty, how we can judge between right and wrong, and how we ought to live. Students are also given the opportunity to examine the philosophical foundations of specific sciences, disciplines, and cultures through a wide array of course offerings.
The Philosophy Department offers a major consisting of 40 semester hours and a minor consisting of 18 semester hours chosen from courses in the history of Western philosophy, ethics, logic, aesthetics, philosophy of religion, philosophy of mind, bioethics, environmental ethics, death and dying, philosophy of human nature, Asian philosophy, critical social and political philosophy, classical Islamic philosophy, and the meaning of life, among others.
The department also provides majors or minors with a thriving philosophical community and social outlet through its philosophy club, undergraduate philosophy conference, and group travel to philosophical conferences and events around the country.
The Value of a Degree in Philosophy
Students completing a degree in philosophy are prepared to enter law school or graduate school in theology, philosophy, and religion. The degree is also useful for careers in medicine, bioethics, journalism, management, business, and government. Many of our former students have enjoyed success in wide variety of non-academic fields, and others have gone on to graduate study at such places as Yale, Oxford, Cambridge, University of Virginia, and Princeton Theological Seminary. While we are truly proud of the professional and academic success of our students, we do not lose sight of the main benefits of studying philosophy. Irrespective of their career path, our students exit our program with a comprehensive understanding of other cultures and worldviews, the ability to think critically about important and controversial issues, and some measure of insight into the more fundamental mysteries of human life.
The Philosophy program requires a laptop with Microsoft Office 2010 or later, and wireless and webcam capability.