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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

Graduates of the Philosophy and Religion major will demonstrate the following core outcomes:

Knowledge

  1. Students will identify and define key vocabulary within the history of Western philosophy.
  2. Students will explain and analyze key terms, concepts, and figures from the major world religions.
  3. Students will identify and apply the salient features of formal and informal logic.
  4. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the overarching narrative of the Bible, and the general content and purpose of the major divisions.
  5. Students will explain the principles of exegesis and hermeneutics and demonstrate how they relate to other theological disciplines.
  6. Students will identify and describe the major concepts related to the doctrine of God, eschatology, doxology, christology, soteriology, and holiness.
  7. Students will articulate core distinctives of a Wesleyan theology.
  8. Students will identify and describe the major movements in the history of Western Christianity.

Skills

  1. Students will reproduce significant philosophical arguments from various disciplines (e.g. medical ethics, scientific inquiry, politics, or theology).
  2. Students will construct and defend sophisticated philosophical arguments, both orally and in writing.
  3. Students will critically evaluate arguments using principles of sound reasoning from both formal and informal logic.
  4. Students will exegete passages of scripture, using forms of biblical criticism, and construct biblical theologies faithful to the biblical text.
  5. Students will relate scripture to real life situations, particularly in the context of the church, in preaching, teaching, pastoral care, discipleship, and other pastoral practices.
  6. Students will apply Wesleyan theology to various theological contexts.
  7. Students will construct and defend a coherent theological worldview.

Attitudes

  1. Students will learn to pursue truth diligently.
  2. Students will internalize ethics so as to demonstrate Christian character.
  3. Students will develop a deep appreciation for the value of critical thinking.
  4. Students will value and identify the Bible as imperative to their own spiritual growth.
  5. Students will value all persons, and all creation, and practice love and stewardship toward both.
  6. Students will serve as creative and redemptive agents in persons' lives and in culture in order to bring the kingdom of God to earth.
  7. Students will develop the virtues of humility and open-minded inquiry that lead to wisdom.

Requirements: 39-41 core credits and 9 foundational credits, which also meet general education requirements.
Foundational Courses:
BIBL1100. Introduction to Biblical Studies (3)
PHIL2010. Introduction to Philosophy (3) or,
    PHIL2020. Ethics (3)
THEO2100. Introduction to Christian Theology (3)

Core Courses:

Philosophy Component (18 credits)
PHIL3010. Ancient and Medieval Philosophy (3)
PHIL3080. Critical Reasoning (3)
PHIL4210. Contemporary Philosophy (3)

PHIL4520. Philosophy of Religion (3)
PHIL4430. Metaphysics (3) or,
    PHIL3410. Philosophy and Literature of Existentialism (3)
Upper Division Philosophy Elective (3)

Theology Component (11 credits)

THEO3630. Exploring Western World Religious Traditions (3); or
     THEO3640. Exploring Eastern World Religious Traditions (3)
THEO4240. Theology of Holiness (2)
THEO4530. Christian Theology 1 (3)
THEO4540. Christian Theology 2 (3)

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

Bible Component (4-6 credits)
Choose two 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)
    GREK2120. Elementary New Testament Greek II (3)
    HEBR2120. Biblical Hebrew II (3)

Language Component (3 credits)
Choose one of the following:

    GREK2110. Elementary New Testament Greek 1 (3)
    HEBR2110. Biblical Hebrew (3)