Mar 02, 2021  
Academic Catalog 2020-2021 
    
Academic Catalog 2020-2021

Philosophy and Religion Major


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:

  1. concentration in Religion; at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in religion, including REL 470 , to be taken in the senior year;
  2. concentration in Philosophy; at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in philosophy, including PHI 470  to be taken in the senior year; or
  3. equal concentration in Philosophy and Religion, including either REL 470  or PHI 470 .

The following courses are required of all Philosophy and Religion majors:

Choose one course from below (3 hours)


Choose one course from below (3 hours)


Concentration in Religion (at least 24 hours in Religion)


Students must take at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in religion, including REL 470  (to be taken in the senior year). 18 credits must be from upper level courses, with at least nine hours at the 400 level.

Concentration in Philosophy (at least 24 hours in Philosophy)


Students must take at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in philosophy, including PHI/REL 470 (to be taken in the senior year). 18 credits must be from upper level courses, with at least nine hours at the 400 level.  The following courses are required: