Religion & Philosophy

The academic study of religion and philosophy will help you develop critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. You will learn how to communicate effectively with those of different cultures and begin to understand the importance of compassion in today’s increasingly diverse and complex world.
 
Degree Type: BA
 

As you progress through this study, you will come to understand and appreciate the world views and faiths of others while you examine your own. Also, you will discover and critically analyze the role of the individual in civil society.

If you’ve ever wondered about the relevance of faith in today’s world or spent time thinking about the role of each individual in today’s complex society, you might be a perfect Religion and Philosophy major. If you’re the person your friends go to with their thorniest questions about the meaning of life, you just might be already preparing to be a Religion and Philosophy major. If you can lose yourself for hours at the library or find real passion in writing, we think you’ll excel as a Religion and Philosophy major.

And here’s the part for your family – majoring in Religion and Philosophy will open many doors for your future. Our graduates pursue careers in teaching, law, non-profit community engagement, the ministry, and even business. Our interdisciplinary approach will help you develop critical reading, writing, and thinking skills that transcend any one career path while giving you a solid foundation for the future.

Program Options

Choose from two concentrations:

Religious Studies — study of Christian history and theology, world religions, and philosophy
Philosophy — study of philosophies, intellectual history, logic, and religion

Program Highlights

The religion and philosophy major requires 121 credit hours:

  • 31 credits: General education. Math, English, religious studies, social science or history, natural or physical science, moral values
  • 33 credits: Liberal arts. Humanities and social sciences
  • 3 credits: School of Arts Support Requirement
  • 36 credits: Major requirements
  • 18 credits: Free electives
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Minors

  • Religious Studies — 18 credits in religion courses, at least 9 of which must be at the 300 level or above
  • Philosophy — 18 credits in philosophy coursework, at least 9 of which must be at the 300 level or above
  • Peace Studies — 18 credits in religious studies, anthropology, English, geography, global studies, history, philosophy, political science, psychology, religious studies, and/or sociology
  • Women’s and Gender Studies — 18 credits in English, history, psychology, sociology, anthropology, religious studies, special topics

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