Trinity Christian College’s size and location offer students of philosophy opportunities not found at most colleges. Top-notch faculty and a rich array of challenging courses will prepare you for your future.
Philosophy majors study in depth the implications of God’s revelation for all theoretic and philosophic reflection. The major often serves as preparation for graduate study in philosophy, theology, law, or ministry. At the same time, you will be confronted by the predominant philosophical perspectives, past and present, and will be encouraged to take a stand.
Trinity’s program builds upon the foundation of the Holy Scriptures as confessed by the historic Reformed creeds. Upon this basis, you can begin to formulate or further your Christian world and life view. During the final two years of the philosophy program, you will take more specialized courses, which seek to challenge and cultivate the Christian mind and prepare you for further study. The Senior Seminar welcomes philosophy majors into the on-going departmental colloquium for their capstone experience. Working alongside the full-time faculty, students prepare for life beyond Trinity in an intensive professional seminar-context.
The mission of Trinity’s philosophy program is to train students to use analytical thinking as a vocational tool and to prepare students to be qualified, professional Christians in their chosen careers. This is accomplished in the following ways: through the study and mastery of philosophy by encouraging creativity in problem-solving; developing skills; nurturing and developing professional work habits; challenging students to see beauty and order in God’s creation as it is revealed; examining ideas, language, and relationships; and providing experiences that will prepare students for lives of Christian service.
Philosophy majors often have qualities that employers and graduate schools seek in their future leaders because they have experience in the rigorous practices of interpretation of difficult texts, logic, and abstract conceptual relationships.
Majoring in philosophy is one of the best preparations for graduate study in law, business, and education, since students acquire particular skills and abilities needed for postgraduate work. Alumni are often employed in business, journalism, public relations, government, and ministry positions.
The philosophy department introduces students to the major philosophical traditions that have shaped past and present worldviews and offers a foundation of a biblical worldview as developed within the Reformed biblical understanding, with opportunities to apply these insights to philosophical claims. The department also aims to guide students in acquiring and using the tools of critical analysis of philosophical texts and philosophical ideas, and the tools for communicating these insights both orally and in written form.
The philosophy department offers a major and minor in philosophy. A major in philosophy is offered for students who wish to explore in depth the implications of God’s revelation for theoretical and philosophical reflection. It builds upon the foundation of Holy Scriptures as interpreted by the historic Reformed creeds. Its service to the student is to ground a consistent, Christian worldview with historical sensitivity, systematic breadth, and conceptual clarity.
The philosophy major is excellent preparation for virtually any career and especially recommended for students who plan to pursue further study in areas such as philosophy, theology, ministry, political science, law, and history. A double major in philosophy and another discipline can serve as broader, interdisciplinary preparation. The philosophy minor is suited to meet the needs of students majoring in another field.