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Philosophy & Religion

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Minors

Philosophy and Religion Minor

Peace Studies Minor

Pre-Professional Programs

Christian Ministry

The Department of Philosophy and Religion focuses on living the questions and engaging the world. The “big questions” of philosophy have shaped people’s understanding of themselves, reality and meaning in life. Religion explores how these same questions relate to individual and communal beliefs, practices, and spiritual commitments in past and present cultures. The study of philosophy and religion develops skills of clear, logical thinking and writing, critical analysis of complex problems, ethical reasoning and understanding different worldviews. These skills are highly valued by employers, particularly in humanitarian, policy and law professions.
 
Minoring in philosophy and religion also prepares students for graduate programs in philosophy or religion, as well as professional graduate degrees in Christian ministry, mediation or counseling, law, and other academic fields.
 
Students may choose to focus their studies on philosophies of being and knowing, world religions, ethics, interfaith studies, peace studies, or Christian studies.
 
Philosophy of Being and Knowing focuses on the nature of reality and of knowledge, including the possibilities and limits of knowing.
 
World Religions focuses on a variety of religious traditions, including their beliefs, practices, texts, ethics, and historical and social contexts.
 
Ethics focuses on theories and history of ideas of the right and the good, and applications of those concepts to different contemporary issues. Study in ethics prepares students for careers in law, humanitarian, policy, academic or ethics fields.
 
Interfaith Studies focuses on theories and practices that promote peace between the religions of the world. Interfaith Studies prepares students for humanitarian or counseling/mediation careers.
 
Peace Studies focuses on the study and understanding of peace and justice in both local and global communities, while recognizing the need for alternatives to structures of conflict and violence.  Peace Studies prepares students for humanitarian or counseling/mediation careers.
 
Christian Studies focuses on history of the ideas and practices of Christianity, especially in relation to topics in history, culture and ethics. Christian Studies prepares students for service, careers and graduate study in the history, texts, theology and practices of Christianity.
 
Pre-Professional Programs  The philosophy and religion minor with a focus on Christian Studies (see previous) qualifies one as an applicant to a seminary or university divinity school to pursue a master of arts or a master of divinity degree, a prerequisite for ordination to the ministry in most Christian denominations.

Philosophy and Religion Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 18 credit hours selected from philosophy and religion courses in consultation with the advisor in the minor and based on the student’s interests, graduate school plans or professional plans.

Peace Studies Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Addresses the continuing need for effective alternatives to structures of conflict and violence. Prepares students for careers in conflict transformation, mediation or humanitarian work. Consists of 18 credit hours including the following courses:

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

REL-420EW Christian Social Ethics

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REL-318E Religious Ethics

SOC/PHIL-367 Conflict Transformation

And three of the following courses:

PHIL-225E Contemporary Moral and Political Problems

PHIL-490 Independent Study

REL/HIST-317 History of the Christian Church

REL-319 History of the Church of the Brethren

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-400 Peace Studies Seminar

REL-490 Independent Study

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

Courses

PHIL-225E Contemporary Moral and Political Problems

PHIL-228E Philosophy of Popular Culture

PHIL-235E Bioethics

PHIL-300 Topics in Philosophy and Religion

PHIL-310 Logic

PHIL-318E Philosophical Ethics

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PHIL-328 Germanic Cultures

PHIL-329 Classical Cultures: Greece and Italy

PHIL-330 African, Latin American and Native American Thought

PHIL-331EW Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy

PHIL-332W Modern Philosophy

PHIL-333W Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL-335 Philosophy of Religion

PHIL-337W Philosophy of Science

PHIL-340E Environmental Ethics

PHIL-367 Conflict Transformation

PHIL-420W Postmodernism

PHIL-430 Senior Seminar

PHIL-480X Internship

PHIL-485X Gender Studies Practicum

PHIL-490 Independent Study

PHIL-491 Research

PHIL-499 Honors Project

REL-180 Religions and Nature

REL-210X Study of Religious Traditions

REL-215 Introduction to Interfaith Studies

REL-220 New Testament

REL-250 Reel-World Religions: Inter-Religious Encounters in Contemporary Film

REL-251X Israel-Palestine: People, Places, Perspectives, Peace

REL-300 Topics in Philosophy and Religion

REL-310 Jesus in History and Culture

REL-312 Archaeology and the Bible

REL-315 The Lands of Bible

REL-316W Medieval Women's Spirituality

REL-317 History of the Christian Church

REL-318E Religious Ethics

REL-319 History of the Church of the Brethren

REL-325X The Uses and Abuses of Christian Scripture

REL-326 Readings in the Hebrew Scripture

REL-327W Biblical Themes in Literature

REL-330 African, Latin American and Native American Thought

REL-331W Christian Beliefs

REL-332W Reformation Thought

REL-333W Contemporary Christian Thought

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-350 Religions of the Far East

REL-365 Foundations of American Religion

REL-400 Peace Studies Seminar

REL-420EW Christian Social Ethics

REL-430 Senior Seminar

REL-480X Internship

REL-483 Interfaith Studies Senior Seminar

REL-485X Gender Studies Practicum

REL-490 Independent Study

REL-491 Research

REL-499 Honors Project