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 programsin related fields in 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)