2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    Jul 16, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy, BA

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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. 

Supportive Core - Credits: 21

Courses selected in the Supportive Core may not also be applied to the major or minor.

Philosophy and Fine Arts - Select One Course from the Following

Language and Culture - Select One Pair

  • World Language Course (any language)† Credits: 3   
  • World Language Course (same language) Credits: 3                   


  • World Language Course (2000 or above) Credits: 3
  • Cultural Engagement Course‡ Credits: 3

† Any modern, ancient, indigenous, or signed language may be applied; see OBU Academic Catalog for course offerings in World Languages and Biblical Languages.
‡ May be fulfilled by any ANTH course, ART 3193, ENGL 3743, ENGL 3753, MGMT 4853, MKTG 3663, REL 3423, or SOCI 3303; see OBU Academic Catalog for offerings.

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Minor - Credits: 18

Philosophy majors must take a minor outside the Philosophy Department.

Electives - Credits: 16

Courses selected on the basis of student interest in consultation with faculty advisor.

Total Hours Required for Graduation - Credits: 120

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