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What do you wonder about? The mysterious ways of God? How to distinguish right from wrong? Whether life has an ultimate meaning? The act of wondering is a distinctively human and endlessly rewarding pursuit. By studying philosophy, you will cultivate an intellectually rigorous wondering—not only as an expression of your natural desire to understand, but as a central part of your Christian commitment. Faith seeks understanding, and understanding, when it is rigorous and critical, deepens faith.

Philosophy is a program within the Political Science, History and Philosophy Department.

Why study philosophy at Gordon?

The distinctive backgrounds and expertise of Gordon’s Political Science, History and Philosophy Department faculty will provide you with wide-ranging exposure to the major movements in the history of philosophy. You’ll study figures like Socrates, St. Augustine and Kierkegaard, and issues like the problem of suffering and what it means to live a good life. You will also engage with a community of Christian scholars who will introduce you to a life-long dialogue on crucial contemporary questions. 

What careers can I pursue by studying philosophy?

Because you will hone your ability to think and write clearly, uncover hidden assumptions, explain complexity, make connections and evaluate and construct nuanced arguments, the study of philosophy is excellent preparation for a wide variety of graduate programs, and vocations including:

  • Ordained ministry
  • Theology
  • Business
  • Government
  • Law
  • Diplomacy
  • Philosophy teacher or professor

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If you are interested in cross-disciplinary issues, build on your philosophy studies and explore these interests through the Kenneth L. Pike Honors Program. As Pike Scholars, Gordon philosophy students have pursued interdisciplinary study in topics such as environmental ethics, religion and society, and combinations of politics, philosophy and economics. Attend and submit your papers to undergraduate research conferences; join the Philosophy Club; learn about fascinating topics through the Center for Faith and Inquiry's visiting scholars lectures, which are often philosophical in nature.

To cap your philosophy studies, complete an integrated honors thesis during your senior year. And our proximity to Boston affords you the opportunity to take advantage of lectures and resources there.

Global Opportunities

Gordon’s Political Science, History and Philosophy Department has a special relationship with the following global education programs:


For more information, contact:

Dr. Mark Gedney, Chair
Department of Philosophy