The department of Philosophy and Religion offers both a major and a minor, and a Pre-seminary studies track. Students may choose to obtain a concentration, within the major, in either Philosophy or Religion. A concentration in philosophy provides students with a broad understanding of the history and dynamics of Western thought, a detailed knowledge of moral and theoretical issues in this tradition, and training in critical and analytical thinking skills. A concentration in Religion provides students with an introduction to the world’s major religions, a knowledge of the common elements and themes in religion, and a familiarity with the various approaches and methods used to study religion.
The Philosophy and Religion major offers an education in the broad liberal arts tradition. In different ways, each concentration introduces students to the most profound and universal questions humans have asked and to their most thoughtful and enduring answers.
Requirements for a major in Philosophy and Religion
a minimum of 32 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:
|Two Philosophy courses at the 300-level||6|
|Two Religion courses at the 300-level||6|
|Other Philosophy and Religion courses||20|
The Pre-Seminary Studies Track
Ordination to ministry in most denominations requires a master’s degree from a seminary or divinity school; graduate study in religion can also begin with a seminary or divinity school degree. The Pre-seminary Studies Track is designed both to prepare the student for the rigors of seminary study as well as to guide the student toward discerning her or his strengths for seminary study and ministry.
Preparation for seminary study begins with a firm foundation in the liberal arts, represented at Eureka by the General Education Course Requirements. Beyond the general study in liberal arts, the Pre-seminary Studies Track provides the student with the solid foundation of a Philosophy and Religion major; in addition, the student selects from a broad array of interdisciplinary courses recommended for the purpose of giving the student exposure to the disciplines most relevant to advanced study in a seminary.
Students will work with the faculty in religion and the College Chaplain to develop a cohesive plan of study, to ensure successful application to seminary or divinity school, and to secure spiritual, denominational, and financial support for seminary study.
Requirements for a major in Philosophy and Religion – Pre-Seminary Track
The fulfillment of requirements for a major in Philosophy and Religion, with a concentration in Religion recommended; in addition, 9 hours selected from the following:
|COM110||Introduction to Public Speaking||3|
|GRK224||Ancient Greek I||3|
|GRK225||Ancient Greek II||3|
|REL299||Special Topics in Ministry||3|
|REL495||Internship in the Christian Ministry||1-4|
|*Either COM200 or COM351 may be taken as part of the 9 additional hours, but not both.
Other courses may be substituted for those above with approval from the program advisor.
Requirements for a minor in Philosophy and Religion
20 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:
|One Philosophy course at the 300-level||3|
|One Religion course at the 300-level||3|
|Other Philosophy or Religion courses||14|