The Department of Philosophy offers both a major and a minor in philosophy, as well as an Apologetics minor and an Apologetics Emphasis within a Philosophy major. The department also offers foundational introductory courses in both philosophy and in critical thinking. The introductory courses provide OBU students the opportunity to develop critical thinking skills and to begin investigating the questions that form the basis of our understanding of reality and the human condition.
Students that major or minor in philosophy continue to develop those critical thinking skills with advanced study in logic and in the history of philosophical thought. In other courses, students investigate the philosophical issues relating to religion, knowledge, the nature of reality, art, and ethics.
The study of philosophy helps one develop abilities to think logically and clearly, to communicate precisely and effectively, and provides a foundation for continued learning and intellectual growth. After graduation, OBU philosophy majors have had successful careers in higher education, government and public service, business, law, and ministry.