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• First-time college students or transfers
• Students 18-22
• Residential students at our main campus
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A transformative curriculum.
A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religion gives students the skills and knowledge necessary to participate in ongoing discussions about questions of truth, value, meaning, and reality to prepare them for a lifelong engagement with ideas.
At Piedmont University, students learn in a personalized setting with outstanding scholars to develop the writing, research, and critical thinking skills necessary to succeed in the 21st-century workplace.
Through a timely, transformative curriculum, students majoring in Philosophy and Religion wrestle with some of the world’s most influential ideas and movements as they prepare for a range of careers.
In addition to studying such major figures as Plato, Augustine, and Kierkegaard, students explore religion and the arts, faith and politics, the intricacies of interfaith dialogue, complex ethical problems, and the relevance of the Judeo-Christian tradition and the Bible for contemporary life.
While our majors are drawn to Philosophy and Religion by the intellectual challenge and a deep desire for truth, there is a practical side as well. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the major with the highest employment rate is Religion, with an unemployment rate of 1 percent. Furthermore, a study by Wall Street Journal shows that the median salary for Philosophy majors fifteen years after graduation is $81,000 per year, which is higher than mid-career salaries in Marketing, Business Management, and Information Technology.
Our students develop habits of mind that allow them to follow complicated ideas and arguments, uncover hidden assumptions, and think creatively in our increasingly globalized world, providing excellent preparation for careers in the ministry, medical ethics, law and politics, counseling, non-profits and non-governmental organizations, and higher education teaching and administration.
What classes will I take?
PHIL 1101. Introduction to World Philosophy
RELG 1101. Religions of the World
PHIL 1102. Critical Thinking
RELG 2221. Introduction to the Old Testament or RELG 2222. Introduction to the New Testament
PHIL/RELG 3305. Ethics
PHIL/RELG 4499. Senior Seminar in Philosophy or Religion
PHIL 2201. History of Philosophy I – Ancient and Medieval
PHIL 2202. History of Philosophy II – Modern and Contemporary
PHIL 2210. Symbolic Logic
PHIL 330. Metaphysics
PHIL 3303. Epistemology
PHIL 4400. Special Topics in Philosophy
PHIL/RELG 4425. Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 4490. Independent/Directed Study
PHIL 4499. Senior Seminar in Philosophy – If not taken as part of the major core courses.
MUSC 2300. Music in the Christian Church
RELG 2201. Religious Movements in North America
RELG 2221. Introduction to the Old Testament – If not taken as part of the major core courses.
RELG 2222. Introduction to the New Testament – If not taken as part of the major core courses.
RELG 2254. History of Christianity
RELG 3301. Introduction to Theology
RELG 3312. Hebrew Prophets
RELG 3313. Life of Jesus
RELG 3314. Life and Teachings of Paul
RELG 4400. Special Topics in Religion
RELG/PHIL 4425. Philosophy of Religion
RELG 4490 Independent/Directed Study
RELG 4499 Senior Seminar in Religion – If not taken as part of the major core courses.
Prepare to Make a Life
What can I do with a major in
PHILOSOPHY & RELIGION?
Piedmont students have gone on to pursue careers in:
- Social/Community Services: Fundraising, Administration
- Education: Student Affairs
- Government: Public Policy, Campaign Management, Staff Administration
- Ethics: Medical
- Writing: Editing
- International Areas: Humanitarian Services, Program Administration
- Education: Campus Ministry
- Communication and Arts: Writing
- Social Services: Counseling, Crisis Services (pregnancy, housing, etc.)
- Religiously Affiliated Areas: Clergy and other Religious Leaders, Chaplaincy, Mission Work