Major in 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.

Requirements for a minor in Philosophy and Religion

20 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 or Religion courses 20

A student may concentrate in either Philosophy or Religion by completing a minimum of 20 semester hours in the chosen area

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:

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.

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