The staff are more helpful than I could have ever expected. I feel like my lecturers truly do want me to succeed in study and in life. Meeting other like-minded people is one of the best parts of studying my degree. The depth of resources that are made available to pursue knowledge as far as it can go is incredible. I want to awaken a fresh understanding of the importance of theology and philosophy in a well-rounded life.
Harrison Pugh, philosophy student
It is possible to take philosophy units (including a major or minor in the field) within various ACU undergraduate coursework programs. However, the Faculty of Theology and Philosophy itself offers three different courses within which you can undertake undergraduate philosophy studies, up to and beyond a philosophy major:
The Certificate in Philosophy is for those who want to pursue an interest in philosophy, to “test the waters”, or to update their existing knowledge. Students can undertake units available within Bachelor level courses.
The Certificate in Philosophy is an alternative pathway into the Bachelor of Theology or the Bachelor of Theology/Bachelor of Philosophy for domestic, fee-paying students. (Credits can be granted for the units already undertaken).
Framed by the Catholic intellectual tradition, the Bachelor of Theology introduces students to the richness and breadth of theological scholarship. Students can pursue an in-depth program of study (e.g. in biblical studies, systematic theology, ministry, liturgy, ancient languages, and philosophy), and the available elective space means that students also have the flexibility to undertake units in other disciplines, such as in the liberal arts.
This is a unique double degree that provides students with the broad knowledge, skills and flexibility offered by a liberal arts program, but enhanced by a specialised focus on theology and philosophy. Studying theology and philosophy will equip students with an understanding of the foundations of the modern world and Western civilisation, enhancing their ability to critically engage with and respond to the key challenges faced by today’s societies, governments, and organisations.