Philosophy seeks intellectually satisfying answers to life’s most basic and enduring questions—the so-called “Big Questions” of the human experience. What makes an action right as opposed to wrong? What is knowledge and can we have it? What, if anything, makes life meaningful? How can an all-powerful and perfectly good God allow evil to occur? What distinguishes cogent from fallacious thinking, and how can we best analyze and assess arguments? What is the nature of reality, truth, beauty, goodness, and freedom?
Drawing upon the work of many of the greatest thinkers throughout history, the philosophy major at Lipscomb University is designed to help students identify and evaluate the fundamental assumptions that shape the way we think about ourselves and the world around us.
Because it emphasizes logical reasoning, problem-solving, and clear writing, the philosophy major is an excellent preparation for a variety of professions. Many philosophy majors have gone on to successful careers in law, journalism, government, ministry, and business. Nationwide, philosophy majors perform exceptionally well on the LSAT, the GMAT, and the GRE.
At Lipscomb, the philosophy major is streamlined so that students can easily add philosophy as a second major. In addition to the philosophy major, Lipscomb offers a philosophy minor, a minor in ethics, and a minor in applied ethics.