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Religion and Philosophy

religion and Philosophy

What do Christians believe about God, and the world in relation to God? How have Christians thought about such things throughout history? Is belief in God rationally justified? What is the difference between knowledge and mere opinion? Is there such a thing as objective truth? Is there an absolute standard of right and wrong? What is the purpose of human existence? How should we engage those with different beliefs?

As a Religion and Philosophy student at SBU, you will learn how to think about such philosophical and theological questions in a way that is careful, rigorous, and informed. You will engage questions and problems of enduring value and importance, questions that scholars have wrestled with for centuries, coming to understand both the historical development and the contemporary form of the issues.

The study of philosophy and theology is a formative experience: You will learn how to think about the world and your place in it in an entirely different way, and in the process, you will be shaped intellectually and spiritually. 

SBU students

the sbu advantage

  • Graduates of SBU's Religion and Philosophy degree are well-prepared for careers in both the academy and the church. Many have gone on to succeed in some of the finest graduate schools and seminaries in the country.
  • Studying Religion and Philosophy at SBU will expose you to some of the most important Christian thinking from the history of Christianity into the 21st century. 
  • All faculty in the Redford College of Theology and Ministry 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. Studying theology and philosophy from a Christian perspective involves exploring the meaning of the faith using all the academic resources available; so the integration of faith and scholarship that is at the heart of SBU is a defining characteristic of the Religion and Philosophy major. By studying with faculty who received their degrees from prestigious universities and seminaries, and who are themselves published authors, you will receive superior academic training in both philosophy and theology from the perspective of a biblical, Christian worldview.

Careers

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

The emphasis on analytical and critical thinking in the Religion and Philosophy degree program will prepare you for a wide variety of other career paths, including law school and policy institutes.

graduate schools

Most Religion and Philosophy graduates go on to pursue further education at various graduate schools and seminaries. Recent graduates have pursued advanced degrees at the following institutions:

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

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

Clubs and Organizations

Theta Alpha Kappa

Theta Alpha Kappa is the national honor society for religious studies and theology. Students from all majors who meet certain criteria are invited to join the SBU chapter. The local chapter sponsors on-campus events and activities that highlight the integration of faith and scholarship that is characteristic of SBU.

Apologetics Club

Join SBU's Apologetics Club, a regular gathering of students that explores and discusses the intellectual foundations of the Christian faith, including arguments and reasons for belief, polemical analysis of opposing worldviews, and answers to critics.

SCHOLARSHIPS

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

Freshman

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
2-3
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
 

Sophomore

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
 

Junior

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
 

Senior

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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