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Religion and Philosophy

religion and Philosophy

How do we know what we know? How do we verify or argue for a certain truth statement? How do we engage those with different beliefs?

As a Religion and Philosophy student at SBU, you will learn how to think theologically and philosophically in a systematic way within the perspective of a Christian worldview. You will engage theological issues scholars have discussed through the ages, learn how to think about the world, think through an argument and think more logically.

SBU students

the sbu advantage

  • All department faculty have doctorate degrees and many are published authors.
  • Small class sizes provide opportunities for you to receive personalized instruction and individual guidance.

Faith Integration

The integration of Christian faith and academic discipline is essential to the Religion and Philosophy major at SBU. By studying under faculty who are some of the top scholars in the discipline, you will receive superior academic training in the various aspects of religious studies and philosophy, but it is taught through the lens of a Biblical worldview.


Religion and Philosophy graduates are prepared to pursue a variety of careers including:

  • Various ministry positions in local churches and organizations across the country
  • Teaching at the university level

graduate schools

Most Religion and Philosophy graduates go on to pursue further education at various graduate schools and seminaries including:

  • Baylor University
  • Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • Southern Baptist Theological Seminary
  • St. Louis University
  • Trinity Evangelical Divinity School
  • Truett Theological Seminary

SBU's theology department prepared me wonderfully for seminary and made me a life-long learner. I remain forever grateful to my professors, their expressly Christian faith, and their willingness to invest in a student like myself.

Andrew Walker '08, Director of Policy Studies for The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission
Andrew Walker, Religious Studies Alum
Clint Bass

Dr. Clint Bass, Associate Professor
Zach Manis

Dr. Zach Manis, Professor
Bing Bayer

Dr. Bing Bayer, Department Chair
Rodney Reeves

Dr. Rodney Reeves, Dean
Donald Denton

Dr. Donald Denton, Professor


As a Religion and Philosophy student, you will be eligible for the Church Related Vocation (CRV) scholarship, which is currently valued at $2,000 per year. To maintain this scholarship, you must be enrolled in a ministry-related degree program, submit the necessary application and references, participate in SBU's in-service training program and complete any other requirements.

religion and philosophy Four-Year Plan


Fall Semester

BIB 1013 Old Testament History 3
ENG 1113 English Composition I 3
POL 1113 American Government and Politics 3
MAT 1143 College Algebra 3
  SOC 1003 or PSY 1013 or EDU 2113 3
UNI 1111 University Seminar 1
Total hours 16

Spring Semester

BIB 1023 New Testament History 3
  ENG 2312 or SOC 2012 or ICS 2901 & 2911,
or GEO 1103 or HIS 1113 or HIS 1123
ENG 2213 English Composition II 3
BIO 1004 Principles of Biology 4
CIS 1103 Computer and Information Management 3
UNI 1121 Introduction to Critical Thinking 1
Total hours 16-17


Fall Semester

BIB 2093 Methods of Biblical Interpretation 3
SPF 2012 Introduction to Spiritual Formation 2
PHI 2013 Philosophical Foundations 3
PHS 1004 Introduction to Physical Science 4
THE 3113 Christian Doctrine 3
Total hours 15

Spring Semester

COM 1103 Fundamentals of Speech Communication 3
ECO 2003 LIFE Economics 3
THE 3673 History of Christianity II 3
PHI Elective 3
THE Elective 3
Total hours 15


Fall Semester

HIS 2213/2223 U.S. History I or II 3
THE 3463 History of Christianity I 3
CHR 3013 Introduction to Ministry 3
  Foreign Language 3-4
THE Elective 3
Total hours 15-16

Spring Semester

  Foreign Language 3-4
KIN 1162 Foundations of Physical Fitness/Wellness 2
THE Elective 3
PHI Elective 3
  Elective 4
Total hours 15-16


Fall Semester

PHI 4013 Philosophy of Religion 3
PHI Elective 3
PHI Elective 3
THE Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 2
Total hours 17

Spring Semester

PHI Elective 3
THE Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 3
  Elective 2
Total hours 17

Note: One of the THE must be 3023 Baptist Denomination is required if receiving CRV scholarship.

This is a proposed guideline. Please check the catalog and see your advisor for your final degree requirements.
Southwest Baptist University reserves the right to make changes to degree plans without advanced notice or obligation.
The student is responsible for understanding and completing all general education, degree, departmental and graduation requirements.

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