Philosophy Major/Minor

A Bachelor of Science (B.S.) degree or minor in Philosophy is an excellent supplement to any course of study. Every person is a philosopher of sorts and studying philosophy is a great way to bring out the philosopher in you.



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The philosophy degree is for the students with a curious mind and the desire to explore the depths of human understanding. This degree is designed to deepen critical-thinking skills while considering the intellectual framework of human existence. This degree is intended for the student to double-major and will provide essential intellectual skills for engagement in a complicated world, making this an ideal second major for a variety of disciplines, including: pre-law, pre-med., ministry, business, etc.

Philosophy explores the questions that have intrigued human beings throughout history: What is the nature of reality? What is truth? How can we know something and be certain of it? What is the nature of God? Do I have obligations to others? What are the foundations of civil society. Philosophy students learn critical and creative thinking skills that serve them well throughout their lives.

Philosophy is ideal for students who

  • Enjoy contemplating deep questions.
  • Articulate their thoughts well.
  • Are stimulated by discussion and debate.
  • Want to broaden and deepen their understanding of the world.
  • Appreciate critical thinking.
Ben Geeding

Department Alumni

Benjamin Geeding studied Music, Philosophy and Religion while an undergraduate student at Olivet. After also completing a Master of Arts degree in Christian Thought at Olivet, Ben was accepted to Yale University and in 2019, he completed a Master of Philosophy in Religion/Philosophical Theology degree. In the fall of 2020, he began work on a Master of Divinity degree at Yale. Ben works as minister of youth and pastoral care at First Congregational United Church of Christ in Darien, Connecticut, with his wife, Christine, who is also an Olivet graduate who serves as the director of Christian education.

The department nurtured my academic interests, evoked my vocation to teach, and provided a strong grasp of both theological and philosophical trajectories, concepts, and histories.

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