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Program Overview

Program Overview

We all want to know the answers to the so-called “big questions” of life. So seek them in an intellectually satisfying way at Lipscomb. There are no gimmicks or trends here.  We're following the time-honored, Socratic method of pursuing truth — and doing so in dialogue with the Christian intellectual tradition.

We approach the study of philosophy by reading the classics and by wrestling with ideas and reasons in civil debate with one another. What makes an action right as opposed to wrong?  What is knowledge, and can we have it?  Does anything at all make life meaningful?  How can an all-powerful and good God allow evil to occur?  What distinguishes cogent from fallacious reasoning, and how can we best analyze and assess arguments?  What is the nature of truth, beauty, goodness, and freedom?   

You'll study the work of the greatest minds in Western history. And you'll learn to identify and evaluate the fundamental assumptions that shape how we think about the world — and ourselves. Use the skills you develop in philosophy to pursue internships and job opportunities in a variety of fields, including government, politics, and history. Or continue onto law school, business school, or graduate school to hone your focus even further.

Courses

Courses

Choose one of the following courses:

  • LUHP 2003 - Great Ideas in Philosophy
  • PL 1003 - Introduction to Philosophy

Specific courses required:

  • PL 2013 - Logic

  • PL 3213 - Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • PL 3223 - Modern Philosophy
  • PL 3433 - Ethical Theory
  • PL 4013 - Philosophy of Religion
  • PL 4993 - Seminar in Philosophy

Three courses selected from the following:

  • Any remaining Philosophy courses

  • AR 3133 - Art Theory

  • BI 4213 - Biblical Ethics

  • EN 3203 - Literary Theory and Criticism
  • MA 2903 - Logic, Proof, and Mathematical Modeling
  • PO 3253 - Classical Political Thought
  • PO 3263 - Modern Political Thought
  • PO 3283 - American Political Thought
  • PS 3453 - Death and Dying

Expert faculty, small class sizes

Learn from award-winning, experienced faculty who actually care about you. Our small class sizes allow us to get to know you personally. We lead an approachable community within our respective programs. Our faculty connections are the experts on their subject matter, too.

Nashville

A big city. An even bigger opportunity. We consider Nashville an extension of our classroom, and as a leading city in many industries, that means you’ll gain experience and insight you won’t find anywhere else.

Job placement

With a top-tier university education on your resume, you’ll be in high demand, whether you choose to launch your career or begin graduate school. Most of our programs have a placement rate of at least 90 percent within six months of graduation.

Our Faculty

  • Caleb Clanton

    J. Caleb Clanton

    Professor of Philosophy

    Caleb Clanton has been on faculty at Lipscomb University since 2012. He taught previously at Pepperdine University, where he served as the Director of the Philosophy Program and was twice...

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  • Lee Mayo

    Lee Mayo

    Lecturer in Philosophy

    Lee Mayo has been teaching at Lipscomb since 2013. He completed his Ph.D. in the Philosophy and the History and Philosophy of Science (HPS) graduate programs at the University...

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Career Paths

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