The Philosophy and Religion major affords students an opportunity to inquire into, clarify, and, most importantly, think about fundamental human values and problems. By providing a range of courses that covers both traditional and modern aspects of philosophical and religious thought, the major gives the student a firm grounding in the literature of each area. A particular strength of the program is that it offers the student a broad background without sacrificing in-depth experience or specialized expertise.
A philosophy and religion program gives students a unique preparation for a variety of life situations, e.g., law, administration, business careers, the para-professions, communications, and human services. In addition, it provides a good background for a number of church-related vocations, including counseling, youth ministry, and Christian education, to mention a few.
The Philosophy and Religion major will take a minimum of 36 semester hours in philosophy or religion courses, opting for one of the following:
- concentration in Religion; at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in religion, including REL 470 , to be taken in the senior year;
- concentration in Philosophy; at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in philosophy, including PHI 470 to be taken in the senior year; or
- equal concentration in Philosophy and Religion, including either REL 470 or PHI 470 .
The following courses are required of all Philosophy and Religion majors: