Philosophy

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Academic Quality
Bradley’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers an undergraduate curriculum leading to a Bachelor of Arts or a Bachelor of Science in Philosophy. Students who plan to enter graduate programs in philosophy are encouraged to fulfill the B.A. requirements.

The program provides students with a solid grounding in the figures, methods and problems of philosophy. Faculty will stimulate the students’ intellectual involvement in the continuing re-exploration of basic and meaningful questions. Students will be introduced to the principal thinkers and issues that have shaped humankind’s intellectual heritage. They will take classes in logical thinking, values, ethics and philosophy.

Curriculum
The Philosophy program provides individualized curricula for its majors. Besides preparation for teaching on the college level, a major in Philosophy is an excellent Pre-Law curriculum. In addition, students majoring in Economics, Political and Social Sciences, Arts and Humanities, History, Communications, Psychology, and Business will find a second major in Philosophy beneficial.

Bradley’s Distinctive Approach
Students in Bradley’s Philosophy program work directly with faculty in small classes that foster discussion and debate and where faculty can continually challenge their students. Instructors bring their research interests into the classroom for debate and discussion, some of which include:

  • Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • Renaissance Philosophy
  • Classical Political Philosophy
  • Existentialism
  • Symbolic Logic
  • Art in Human Experience
  • Philosophy of Religion

Outside the classroom, Bradley Philosophy majors participate in cocurricular and cooperative learning experiences, including the Bradley Deep Thinkers Club and the Philosophy Club that many majors and non-majors join to enrich their academic course work.

Beyond Bradley
Bradley Philosophy graduates enjoy an excellent placement rate. Graduates teach at the college and university level, while others attend graduate and professional schools such as seminary and law school. Currently, Bradley Philosophy alumni are continuing their education at University of Colorado Law School, University of Minnesota Law School and Bradley University.