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Philosophy Major

Earn a BA in Philosophy at Azusa Pacific University

You’ll stand out in the job field as an intellectual leader in conversations that shape contemporary culture. Develop highly sought-after skills—including the ability to read critically and communicate persuasively—and graduate prepared to thrive in a variety of careers. With your combination of intellectual skills and theoretical knowledge, you’ll step into your calling ready to influence contemporary cultural practices concerning religion, science, ethics, and more.

Program at a Glance

The School of Theology at Azusa Pacific University trains students for effective ministry in the church and around the world through practical programs in a supportive Christ-centered community.

Upcoming Events

APU One Day

  • March 8, 2024

Application Deadline

Early Action (Freshmen Only)

  • November 15

Regular Decision

  • March 1 priority application deadline
  • June 1 final deadline
  • August 1 final transfer deadline

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Program Units
33

Location

  • Azusa (Main Campus)

 

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Gain Hands-on Experience

  • Analyze philosophical theories that have shaped contemporary debates about God, human nature, and the Good Life.
  • Integrate the Christian faith with your studies.
  • Develop a sound worldview from the ground up. 
  • Explore other perspectives on life, religion, and the world.

By the Numbers

1 of 126 Best Western Colleges according to Princeton Review's 2023 Best Colleges Guide
13 :1 Student-to-faculty ratio
78 K Average national salary of an employee with a philosophy degree

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Program Details

The Department of Philosophy equips and mentors students to become intellectual leaders in important debates about compelling philosophical issues that shape contemporary culture.

Browse the tabs below—if you have questions, visit the Student Services Center page, and we’ll make sure you get the info you need.

General Undergraduate Admission Requirements

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Although a private college education may seem out of reach for many, recent research from Kiplinger reveals that the actual value of some private universities may prove this assumption wrong. In 2010, Kiplinger selected Azusa Pacific University for its Top 100 Best Values in Private Colleges rankings. Read more about APU’s ranking in Kiplinger’s Best Values in Private Colleges.

APU students may take advantage of three types of financial aid: scholarships and grants, education loans, and student employment.

Scholarships and Grants

Scholarships and grants are considered “gift aid” and do not require repayment. They can come from federal, state, or private sources. Scholarships are typically merit-based, meaning they are awarded depending on demonstrated academic ability or other specific talents.

Scholarships are often available from sources outside of APU. You can search for these scholarships through websites such as finaid.org or fastweb.com. The Student Services Center is sometimes notified of scholarships available through APU departments or local organizations, and can provide information about any available scholarships on request.

Education Loans

Education loans are usually repaid after graduation, may be deferred until after graduate school, and often have very low interest rates.

Military Benefits

Military members—and in some cases their spouses and dependents—qualify for financial assistance covering tuition, housing, and books. Azusa Pacific is a Yellow Ribbon University and Military Friendly School, so you can be confident that you’ll receive the benefits and flexibility you need to complete your education.

Student Employment

On-campus student employment is available for students needing additional income to pay for education-related expenses. APU students also find work off campus in the surrounding community.

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We’re committed to helping families understand early in the college search process the value of the APU experience and options for affordable financing of a top-tier Christian university education.

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To view specific requirements and coursework information, visit the current academic catalog:

Azusa Pacific University is accredited by the WASC Senior College and University Commission (WSCUC).

Featured Faculty

Steven Wilkens

Steven Wilkens

Professor, Department of Philosophy

Career Outlooks and Outcomes

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APU Hosts “Human Flourishing in the Age of AI” Conference

Philosophy professor Mihretu Guta shared his perspective on artificial intelligence and ChatGPT during APU’s “Human Flourishing in the Age of AI” conference.

Note: This information is current for the 2023-24 academic year; however, all stated academic information is subject to change. Refer to the current Academic Catalog for more information.

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