Department of Philosophy

Philosophy is a field of study which is the very heart of a university education. The department offers both undergraduate (BA) and graduate (MA) degrees as well as an undergraduate minor.

Tell me more…

The meaning of the word “philosophy” is literally “love of wisdom,” and that is of central importance to HBU’s Department of Philosophy. Philosophers are concerned with universal and timeless questions such as:

  • What is really true?
  • How do we know what we know?
  • What does it mean to be a good and virtuous human being?
  • How do we become good?
  • Why should we be good at all?
  • What is happiness, and how do we find it?
  • Where did we come from, and where are we going?
  • Is there a God, and if so, how do we come to know this God?

What will I experience at HBU?

  • We aim to help you become an ardent pursuer and lover of wisdom by putting you in direct conversation with the greatest thinkers from the history of philosophy. As you engage the great texts from the philosophical tradition, you will be able to explore the big questions these philosophers found important, and to contemplate their answers to those questions.
  • We hope to help you see wisdom as an end in itself, and as a way to recognize the substance and value of our own humanity.
  • As a Christian philosophy department, we also try to model and ask our students to reflect on what is involved in a distinctively Christian approach to philosophy. HBU’s philosophy courses are designed to help students explore the contribution of philosophy to Christian thought, and to consider Christian perspectives on philosophy.

Where can I go from here?

Majoring or minoring in philosophy is an excellent preparation for graduate study in any number of fields. Our faculty in the Department of Philosophy are eager to serve as mentors and help you prepare for further study. The career field is wide open for philosophy majors because of the exceptional learning you will have experienced in critical thinking, reasoning, research, communication and organization. Other important skills that you will learn that are highly attractive to employers are idea-generation, problem-solving, adaptation to change, persuasion and the summarization of complicated material.

Philosophy begins in wonder.
And, at the end, when philosophic thought has done its best, the wonder remains.

Alfred North Whitehead