A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy & Religion at Lindenwood University requires 36 credit hours of Religion courses, including core classes in religious traditions and a senior thesis project. Students also have the flexibility to choose Religion electives at the 200, 300, and 400 levels to complete the degree.
Like every Lindenwood student, you must also complete the General Education requirements of the Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Fine Arts.
Studying philosophy and religion at Lindenwood University prepares you for a wide variety of careers by familiarizing you with the world's major intellectual traditions, both philosophical and religious. Philosophy explores what is real, what we know, how we should think, and how we should act, while religion reflects on the many ways that communities have constructed and articulated the meaningfulness of human life. As a philosophy and religion major, you will study the ideas and beliefs that make our world what it is today, and you will learn to better understand yourself, your neighbor, and your world.
Why Philosophy and Religion?
Our program and its faculty represent a variety of scholarly interests in philosophy and religion. Philosophy and religion majors develop valuable skills in thinking carefully and communicating clearly about complex issues, and they tend to score higher in standardized exams for graduate school and professional programs. Studying philosophy and religion can also lead to greater personal fulfillment.
Socrates once said, "The unexamined life is not worth living," and Jesus noted that "the truth will set you free." The philosophy and religion program offers a number of different curricular options for you to examine your life, pursue the truth, and meet your educational and professional goals. Career opportunities with a Philosophy and Religion degree, fall into many different categories. These include teaching, research, clergy, government, legal professions, policy development, diplomacy, humanitarian services, and many more.
The Philosophy & Religion program prepares you for success in any career by helping you analyze and evaluate the most important questions humanity has asked. What is it to be human, natural, or divine? Can we discover or achieve purpose, knowledge, and meaning? How ought we to think, act, and organize ourselves together? These are the sorts of questions explored within our program, which involve a multi-disciplinary engagement with the basic beliefs grounding a wide range of subject matter, including the historical, social, psychological, economic, legal, and scientific.
Our program is designed to help you achieve the following important advantages:
Sought-after Skills. You will acquire critical reading, writing, and thinking skills, as well as oral communication and team-building skills, which are essential to success in other disciplines and the workplace.
Personal Fulfillment. According to Aristotle, all people "by nature desire understanding," and in seeking understanding, we seek the "kinds of causes and principles whose science is wisdom." Therefore, the study of philosophy and religion is a natural, rewarding, and even necessary part of human existence.