Rembrandt’s Philosopher in Meditation

Foundational questions

Philosophy is a rigorous exploration of our deepest beliefs and biggest questions—about reality, about human nature, about what, if anything, we can be sure of, about how we should treat one another and why.

If you love arguments and big ideas, philosophy is for you.

Intellectual skills

Philosophy majors consistently score among the very best on admissions tests for law and graduate school, and they have the highest acceptance rate to law school.

This is because philosophy hones fundamental intellectual skills, such as:

  • writing clearly and precisely
  • asking enlightening questions
  • evaluating arguments and constructing one’s own
  • unraveling complex ideas
  • thinking independently and creatively

These skills have tremendous value for your further education and career, whatever it may be—to say nothing of the value of becoming a habitually reflective person.

Christian perspective

At Westmont, philosophy is the practice of faith seeking understanding, emboldened by the promise to the prayerful that “the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:7).

Students, working in close contact with professors, belong to a community that fosters both steadfast Christian commitment and no-holds-barred grappling with the questions and puzzles that thoughtful people of all stripes and every era have asked.