Philosophy & Religion

Career Paths


Students who major in Philosophy and Religion develop the ability to critically think about and analyze information, as well as to clearly articulate complex concepts in writing and in speech by breaking them down to their base components.

They understand ethical reasoning and have a developed sense of self, community, and spirituality, as well as a well-developed understanding of other cultures. Some students will go on to graduate studies in Philosophy, Religion, or Ministry, while others enter fields such as law, public policy, government, non-profit, foreign service, social work, or business.

Philosophy and Religion


The department of Philosophy and Religion offers both a major and a minor, and a Pre-Seminary track. A concentration in Philosophy provides students with a broad understanding 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 and in-depth seminars on the Bible and the history of Christian thought. 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.

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A minimum of 32 hours of coursework, consisting of the following:

Two Religion courses at the 300-level 6
Two Philosophy courses at the 300-level 6
Other Philosophy or Religion courses 20


Examples of courses available include

PHI110 Introduction to Philosophy
PHI140 Logic
PHI220 Moral Philosophy
PHI250 Ancient Philosophy
PHI260 Modern Philosophy
PHI270 Contemporary Philosophy
PHI320W Political and Social Philosophy
PHI330W Metaphysics
PHI340W Theory of Knowledge
PHI350W Philosophic Figures
REL127 Global Religions
REL217 Introduction to the Hebrew Scriptures


Introduction to the New Testament


REL223 Introduction to Theology and Religious Studies
REL330W Seminar: Political Theology
REL340W Seminar: Religion and Aesthetics
REL341 History of Religion in America
REL351W Seminar: Contemporary Religious Thinkers
REL295 Internship in the Christian Ministry

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:

Other courses may be substituted for those above with approval from the program advisor.

BUA220 Management 3
COM110 Introduction to Public Speaking 3
COM351 Organizational Communication 3
GRK224 Ancient Greek I 3
GRK225 Ancient Greek II 3
PSY372 Counseling Psychology 3
REL299 Special Topics in Ministry 3
REL495 Internship in the Christian Ministry 1-4

Other courses may be substituted for those above with approval from the program advisor.

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

“I chose this program because of how applicable and complementary philosophy and religion are to other disciplines. I enjoy learning about philosophy and religion in general, but being able to apply what I’ve learned into other fields has been truly rewarding, and opens up so much potential for me in my future.”

Sarah Zuniga,
Class of 2018