Philosophy & Religion Major

Philosophy and Religion Major

The Philosophy and Religion degree is designed to prepare students for graduate studies in religion, philosophy of religion, or a related field. Entrance requirements for specific graduate schools may be met through proper course selection. Students are encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad or in an off-campus program.

Many of the philosophy and religion graduates attend seminaries, graduates schools, and doctoral programs in the related fields of philosophy, religion, and ministry.

Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Religion

Objective: Graduates will be prepared for and able to pursue graduate studies in religion, philosophy of religion, or a related field. Entrance requirements for specific graduate schools may be met through proper course selection. Students will be encouraged to spend at least one semester abroad or in an off-campus program.

Administrator: Joseph Bankard

Requirements 40-41 credits 

Foundational Courses:
          BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)

Choose one of the folowing:
      PHIL2010. Introduction to Philosophy (3)
      PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
      THEO2100. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Core Courses:
         Choose one of the following:
                BIBL3110 Old Testament Interpretation (3)
                BIBL3120 New Testament Interpretation (2)

Choose one of the following:
      BIBL4250. Parables of Jesus (2)
      BIBL4310. Luke and Acts (2)
      BIBL4330. Pauline Epistles (2)
      BIBL4410. History of Ancient Israel (2)
      BIBL4420. Hebrew Prophets (2)

Choose one of the following:
      CHIS3610 History of the Christian Tradition I (3)
      CHIS3620 History of the Christian Tradition II (3)

Choose one of the following:
      GREK2110. Elementary New Testament Greek 1 (3)
      HEBR2110. Biblical Hebrew (3)

PHIL3010. History of Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)
PHIL4520. Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHIL4980. Seminar in Philosophy (3)

6 additional credits in 3000 or 4000-level philosophy:
REST3560. World Religions: Asian Traditions (2)
REST3570. World Religions: Western Traditions (2)
THEO4240 Theology of Holiness (2)
THEO4530 Christian Theology I (3)
THEO4540 Christian Theology II (3)

 

 

Biblical Literature Focus (BIBL) (George Lyons, Advisor)

  • 2 courses in biblical languages (6 credits)
  • 4 credits upper division Biblical Literature (BIBL)
  • REST4400 Ancient Near Eastern History and Culture (2 credits) or REST4600 Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation (2 credits).

Philosophy Focus (PHIL) (Joseph Bankard, Advisor)

  • PHIL3410 Philosophy and Literature of Existentialism (3 credits)
  • PHIL4210 Contemporary Philosophy (3 credits)
  • PHIL4420 Metaphysics and Epistemology (3 credits)
  • PHIL4980 Seminar in Philosophy (3 credits)

Theology Focus (THEO) (Diane Leclerc, Advisor)

  • THEO3410 Philosophy and Literature of Existentialism (3 credits)
  • THEO3094 Topics in Theology (1-3 credits)
  • REST3560 World Religions: Asian Traditions (2 credits)
  • REST3570 World Religions: Western Traditions (2 credits)
  • REST4600 Noncanonical Writings and New Testament Interpretation (2 credits)