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Department of Biblical & Theological Studies


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Department of Biblical & Theological Studies


  • Bachelor of Arts
  • Undergraduate

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

125 credits

125 credits

required for program

Minor Available

Engage in significant conversations about what is real, what we can know, how we should think, and how we should live. Develop your capacity for problem solving and critical thinking regarding truth, purpose, and worldview. Increase your ability to intelligently address key questions about life and to prepare you for a successful career. Connect with knowledgeable Christian philosophers and students like you who think deeper. Be prepared for further graduate study in a wide variety of fields.


graduates earn top scores nationwide on GRE and LSAT exams


of seniors received relevant and appropriate preparation for their field


of philosophy double their income in the first 10 years of employment

Why study philosophy at Northwestern?

Our unique Christ-centered philosophy major covers the main areas of philosophy--ethics, epistemology, logic, and metaphysics--and examines everything through the lens of Christian theology. Grow in your faith as you see how God is acting according to plan for his purpose in Christ.

We offer the opportunity for you to work with faculty on research projects, including participating in Science & Theology chapels and contributing to the Oxford University program with Dr. Bradley Sickler.

Many employers seek out philosophy graduates because they can clearly communicate complex concepts. If you would like to pursue a career in law, teaching and research, working in the public sector, or publishing and journalism, then our philosophy degree will prepare you for a successful future.

With campus so close to downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul, students can take advantage of opportunities in Minnesota’s thriving philosophy industries.

Caring faculty will mentor you in your faith and show how ideas are woven together to shape worldview.

If you have a passion for exploring the connections between ideas, want to understand important ethical issues, and are interested in a career that requires solid critical thinking skills, this might be the right degree for you.

Check out Steven Mysnyk and Marie Jankowski as they share their experience in the Philosophy major.

What will you learn?

You will learn to analyze, think critically, and examine important philosophical issues.

Some classes include:

  • Linguistics Introduction to Logic
  • Ethics
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Belief and Knowledge
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One of the most important lectures that I remember was why philosophy is important… I've talked about metaphysics with a pizza delivery guy, I've talked about theism with agnostics, I've talked about the nature of reality with atheists. The encouragement and teaching of UNW philosophy professors have really made an impression on me. I now try to do the same with others.
Joshua DeLeon
Graduate Level 2 Instructor

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