where academic investigation +
christian faith +
service to others unite

The La Sierra Advantage

The Program in Philosophical Studies is designed to provide interested students a set of opportunities:

  • To encounter and explore some of the major philosophical ideas that have shaped human understanding, culture, and history.
  • To develop a high level of skill in critical and constructive thinking.

Why Study Philosophy?

Students in the philosophical studies program can readily integrate philosophy with one or more other academic disciplines such as religion, intellectual history, the natural sciences, and the human sciences. Several suggested curricula are listed below. These majors require a minimum of 60 quarter units, including 20 units of core courses in philosophical studies. For additional information consult the coordinator of the Program in Philosophical Studies

We offer the following:

Bachelor of Arts

"The object of studying philosophy is to know one's own mind, not other people's."

dean inge

What People Are Saying:

At La Sierra I knew they would give me a big picture: It's about what we do for other people. Our call is ultimately to serve others.

Maritza Duran, 2007 M.A.

Philosophical Studies Undergraduate Programs

Philosophical Studies Individualized

An individual major, designed in consultation with the respective coordinators of the programs in individual majors and in philosophical studies, is available for students with a vocational interest in philosophical studies.

Fast Facts Philosophical studies major

Average completion timeVariable
Program Units60 Units + 24 Core Units
AccreditationWASC

Individual majors can readily integrate philosophical studies with one or more other academic disciplines such as religion, intellectual history, the natural sciences, and the human sciences. Several suggested curricula are listed below. These majors require a minimum of 60 quarter units, including 20 units of courses in philosophical studies. For additional information consult the coordinator of the Program in Philosophical Studies

Small amounts of philosophy lead to atheism, but larger amounts bring us back to God.

Francis Bacon

Meet our Faculty

Andrew C. Howe
Fritz Guy
Coordinator
Gary Chartier
James W. Beach
John R. Jones
John W. Webster
John Ng Wong Hing
Trisha Famisaran
 
 

Paying for College

The Student Financial Services office is here to help with financial aid processes. The staff also keeps up to date on scholarships that could benefit La Sierra students.

Choosing Classes

First-year students meet with their academic coach/advisor each week for their first two quarters. Then they are assigned an advisor from their major department who will help them choose the classes they need to complete their program.

Beyond Class

A lot of learning takes place outside of the classroom. The Division of Student Life is headquarters for student government, activities, organizations, spiritual life, and much more to enhance your college experience.

Career Center

We want you to find a good job after you finish your degree at La Sierra. A new Career Center, located in the Zapara School of Business, is expected to open before the end of fall quarter.

University Studies

All undergraduate students at La Sierra University participate in a comprehensive general education curriculum called University Studies, which is rooted in the concept of liberal education as a formative and transformative process. University Studies offers an integrated curriculum that:

  • stimulates the meaning-centered development of its students.
  • familiarizes students with the various academic disciplines.
  • exposes students to intercultural, international and inter-ethnic concerns.
  • encourages students to recognize the importance of developing a personal value system to distinguish between right and wrong.

Degree Program

Philosophical Studies

Contact and Location

philosophy@lasierra.edu

Phone: 951.785.2000
La Sierra Hall