B.A. In Philosophy
USD 50,500 / per year *
Earliest start date
* 2022-23 full-time comprehensive fee per year
The Department of Philosophy provides students, through a wide variety of courses and programs, with opportunities to explore questions of fundamental significance to human life and to develop skills in critical thinking, reasoning, writing and reading. Students will explore issues such as what is justice? How should we live? What is valuable? Can God exist given the existence of evil in the world? What is the relationship between faith and reason? What is reality? What can we know? How do we know that we know? What meaning is there to life? What is race? What is ethnicity? What acts are right and wrong? What is truth?
Through training students to think, discuss, and write cogently on matters of fundamental significance, the department provides students with an intellectual foundation from which to examine their own beliefs, academic interests, and personal concerns. The philosophy program enriches students' academic experience by providing a variety of intellectually challenging extracurricular activities such as undergraduate research; honors program; participation in the prestigious philosophy honor society, Phi Sigma Tau; philosophy club; intercollegiate debate team (Ethics Bowl); writing work shops; and departmental Lecture Series.
The Moravian Philosophy Department sets out to awaken and nurture in students a curiosity for ultimate questions and a desire for an objective investigation into reality through critical, reflective, and imaginative processes. We strive to produce students with clear thinking abilities; good argumentative skills; tolerance of different beliefs, perspectives, and views, without thinking they need to be equally true; and sensitive to societal values, such as justice, tolerance, and rights - essential for a vibrant and flourishing democratic society.
- To introduce students to some of the major philosophers and philosophies of the Western and non-Western philosophical tradition.
- To cultivate students’ reasoning skills so that they can critically assess evidence, evaluate deductive and inductive arguments, and construct good evidentially based arguments.
- To teach students how to write and express their ideas and arguments clearly and persuasively.
- To teach students how to complete scholarly writings in philosophy.
- To teach students to view issues from multifarious perspectives.
It's all about the experience! The opportunities here are life-changing. Here’s a preview of what you’ll experience as a Moravian University student:
- A tech-friendly campus: Every student receives a MacBook Pro and an iPad as soon as they deposit
- Personalized learning: We have an 11:1 student-to-faculty ratio and an average class size of 17 students
- Classic college town: Moravian is located in historic downtown Bethlehem, PA
- Lifetime support: Say hello to the Center for Career and Civic Engagement!
- Global education: Choose from more than 20 study abroad programs
- Opportunities beyond the classroom: Participate in research, civic engagement, scholarship programs, internships, and more.
- A vast and active network: There are more than 20,000 Moravian alumni across the world, ready to help you get a job
Scholarships and Funding
Scholarships up to USD 25,000 for International Students
Moravian University offers an International Student Merit Award based primarily on academic achievement: grades, the strength of your academic program, your TOEFL or IELTS scores, and your SAT scores if submitted.
Becoming a Philosopher
There are many reasons why you should become a Philosophy Major.
First and foremost, philosophy wrestles with ultimate questions that permeate all aspects of our practical existence, such as Does God exists? Is abortion morally wrong? What constitutes a just and unjust war? What is the purpose of our existence? In addition to dealing with these profound issues, philosophy provides students with many practical intellectual benefits, including but not limited to the following:
Excellent analytical and critical thinking skills for graduate school. See The Power of Philosophy.
Excellent argumentative skills will be especially beneficial for many career paths, such as law school, journalism, medical professions, etc.
- Excellent preparation for taking standardized exams such as the GRE, GMAT, and LSAT. (Philosophy majors score higher on the GRE than any other major in the Humanities and Arts.)
- A comprehensive undergraduate foundation for most careers (law, medicine, politics, journalism, nursing, business, social work, etc.).
- Excellent communication skills.
- Excellent reasoning skills, and problem-solving skills.
- 5 Reasons to Major in Philosophy
Philosophy For Careers
Philosophy majors have the HIGHEST percentage salary increases from beginning to mid-career at 103.5%.
"Philosophy teaches students how to think well - a quality prized by many employers. Philosophers are good at:
- Summarizing and logically organizing complex information.
- Prioritizing questions and issues.
- Evaluating opposing views.
- Determining the morally relevant features of situations, actions, and policies.
- Taking principled approaches to problem-solving.
- Thinking of alternative approaches and solutions.
- Writing in a clear, focused way.
- Reasoning persuasively, both in writing and orally.
- Offering and accepting criticism without personalizing it, and tolerating uncertainty.
Given the marketability of these skills, it is perhaps no surprise that philosophy is becoming an increasingly popular area of study."
- American Philosophical Association
Student Learning Outcomes
- To identify some of the most important philosophers of the Western and non-Western philosophical tradition and their corresponding philosophical views, doctrines, and theories.
- To recognize the basic study of logic as an analysis of components of arguments and the structure of deductive and inductive arguments.
- To distinguish between good deductive and inductive arguments, and fallacious arguments.
- To recognize the relationship between truth, evidence, and justification and how the function of arguments to these central philosophical arguments.
- To recognize the importance of considering various perspectives of a given philosophical or ethical issue.
- To critically assess the frameworks through which one understands and evaluates philosophical issues.
- To demonstrate good and clear writing skills.
- For Majors and Minors Only
- To accurately describe and critically analyze chief doctrines, theories, and ideas of prominent philosophers and philosophical views of the past and present.
- To critically interpret and explain primary philosophical texts.
- To construct good evidentially based deductive and inductive arguments to defend or refute philosophical views.
- To critically assess and evaluate objections of your views, to consider different perspectives, and to fairly assess opposing views.