Religion & Philosophy

Students of Bethel University’s Religion and Philosophy program will build a foundation allowing them to pursue ministry roles or continue studies at a graduate level.

The Department of Religion and Philosophy is committed to fostering a love and knowledge of God and a deep appreciation of the Bible and our Christian heritage. On Bethel’s Mishawaka, Indiana, campus students will experience:

  • a rigorous program of study,
  • opportunities to serve in,
  • learn from various ministry contexts,
  • two years of guided spiritual formation, and
  • the opportunity to meet with and be mentored by a faculty member in the department.
A cross on campus

Five Majors Offered

Whatever your major in the Department of Religion and Philosophy, you will acquire the skills and perspectives needed to apply biblical truth to the real world. By attending a liberal arts university, you will also gain broad knowledge of the wider world through the study of science, history, psychology, philosophy and society. 

Employment Opportunities

There are many employment opportunities for Bethel’s graduates as well as the possibility of continuing studies in graduate school. Our graduates, with philosophy degree, religion degree, Christian ministries degrees or philosophy degrees, for example,  are working in a wide variety of contexts, including ministry, community service, government, law, medicine, business and education.

Some of our students continue their religious studies degrees in graduate school. Grads of the religion and philosophy major program have been accepted into prestigious graduate schools and seminaries including, Asbury Theological Seminary, Brandeis University, Candler School of Theology of Emory University, Cornell University, Duke Divinity School, Harvard Divinity School, Northern Illinois University, Princeton Theological Seminary, Trinity Evangelical Divinity School, the University of Chicago Divinity School, the University of Notre Dame, and Yale Divinity School, many with full funding.

Faculty and Staff

All of our faculty take seriously the formative role they play in students’ lives, and whether in the classroom or outside it, they are regularly engaged in cultivating biblical faith and theological understanding in students.
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Chad Meister

Chad Meister

Titles: Chair, Department of Religion and Philosophy, Professor of Philosophy
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
B.A.S.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7398
Robert Brandt

Robert Brandt

Titles: Associate Professor of Christian Ministries
Degrees: Ph.D.
M.A.
B.A.
Email:
Phone Numbers:
Work: 574.807.7166
Cami Brubaker

Cami Brubaker

Titles: Adjunct Faculty, Old Testament and Hebrew
Degrees: ThM
MATS
M.Min.
BA in Liberal Studies
Email:
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