Religion and Philosophy Major

The Religion and Philosophy major is a traditional liberal arts study of the field. It is especially suited for those with a general interest in religion and philosophy or for those who wish to prepare for graduate study of religion.

The major consists of 11 courses in addition to the exploratory course in Religion that is taken as part of the Core Curriculum (RLGN 1103, 1104, 1106, 1107, or 1108), yielding a total of 12 courses (36 semester hours). The Religion major must include at least two (2) courses in each of these areas: Biblical Studies Historical Studies Ethics and Theological Studies

The major also requires at least one (1) course in the area of Philosophy. In addition, all Religion and Philosophy majors will complete a senior thesis or project. Thus, of the 12 courses required for a religion major, at least 8 courses must conform to the following guidelines:

  • Biblical Studies (2 courses). At least one (1) course must be at the 2000 level or above.
  • Courses: RLGN 2110, 2111, 2120, 2121, 3110-3160. Church Leadership and Youth Ministry (1 course).
  • Courses: RLGN 3510-3560. Historical Studies (1 course).
  • Courses: RLGN 1104 or 1106 (if not taken for the Core Curriculum), 2210-2230, 3210-3220. Ethics and Theological Studies (2 courses).
  • Courses: RLGN 1105, 1107, or 1108 (if not taken for the Core Curriculum), 2310, 3310-3350. Philosophy (1 course).
  • Courses: any of the Philosophy courses, which are listed under Area IV below. Senior Thesis or Project (1 course).
  • Course: RLGN 4620, normally taken in the Fall of the senior year. The student should choose a project director from within the department and work with this director to refine a topic in the semester prior to which the student enrolls for the course. Thus, most students should select a project director by the end of the Spring semester of the junior year and present a proposed topic to the faculty at the beginning of the next Fall term.
  • Students are free to choose any other Department of Religion and Philosophy courses for the remaining four (4) courses. Internships may be taken for up to one (1) full course of credit, with permission of the department chair. At least six (6) courses in the major must be numbered at the 2000 level or above.