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Philosophy, B.A.

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La Mirada, CA, United States
The Philosophy program at Biola University is a discipline that equips us to grow in that capacity. Biola’s philosophy major will challenge you to think deeply about humanity’s most enduring questions: What is real? What can we know? How should we treat one another? In the process, you will gain practical skills that prepare you for a broad range of careers and graduate programs.
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The Philosophy program at Biola University offers several key advantages:

  • The Biola University Center for Christian Thought brings world-renowned philosophers and theologians to campus, giving students an opportunity to hear lectures from leading scholars.
  • Biola’s Talbot School of Theology is home to a nationally recognized master’s degree in philosophy — the largest Christian program of its kind — which affords many lecture and event opportunities to philosophy undergraduate students.
  • Skills gained in the philosophy major include the ability to ask good questions and expose underlying assumptions, and biases and concepts, and write clearly, concisely and precisely.
  • Biola’s location in Southern California — one of the world’s largest and most diverse metropolitan areas — is ideal for internships and job opportunities.

What Will I Study?

A Biola philosophy major provides a broad-based liberal arts education. Courses bring faith and reason together and are structured to give you an understanding how to think critically from a Christian perspective about a wide range of issues. You will work in a close-knit community of colleagues at reading and engaging the world’s great philosophers and wisdom traditions, always with an eye on the question, What can be learned from these thinkers and traditions about more effectively practicing of the teachings of Jesus? 

Topics covered include: 

  • Deductive and inductive inference: What are the marks of good reasoning?
  • Argumentative writing skills: What makes for effective argumentative writing?
  • The history of philosophy: Who are its main thinkers? What are its main themes? Which are its key texts?
  • Metaphysics: What is real? How is reality structured?
  • Epistemology: What is knowledge? What can we know? What differentiates rational from irrational belief?
  • Philosophy of religion: What are the main arguments for and against God's existence? Does the existence, magnitude or distribution of suffering constitute evidence against God’s existence?

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Medieval Philosophy
  • Modern Philosophy
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • Metaphysics and Epistemology
  • Ethics
  • Studies in Wisdom Traditions

English Language Requirements

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Academic Requirements

You need the following GPA score:

Required score: 3

Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to 3 on a US 4.0 grading scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on a 4.0 scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

General Requirements

  • Complete and submit your official application for admission
  • Submit a non-refundable $45 application fee
  • Complete the required essay
  • Submit an official transcript
  • Submit your scores from the SAT or ACT 
  • The student must be an evangelical believer in the Christian faith (the applicant's statement of faith will be articulated in the personal essay section of the application).

Tuition Fee

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    43512 USD/year
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    43512 USD/year
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  • In-State

    43512 USD/year
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Living costs for La Mirada

  • 1100 - 1600 USD/month
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