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Skills for the Real World

You will learn

What you will learn

The mission of the Religion and Philosophy Department at Kansas Wesleyan University is to integrate faith, learning, and service into students’ lives by preparing them in the areas of Bible, philosophy, and spiritual growth.

Every student in the Religion and Philosophy program will be expected to learn the following skills:

1. Think critically

You will be expected to:

• Be able to identify basic parts of written and verbal arguments, through discussion and written assignments
• Be able to identify logical problems in written and verbal arguments, through discussion and written assignments
• Be able to frame logical arguments of your own, through discussion and written assignments

2. Analyze and interpret texts

You will be expected to:

• Be able to read and identify standard biblical citations
• Be able to read, identify, and write about biblical structure and themes
• Be able to read, identify, and write about core philosophical writings
• Be able to explain key points in philosophical and biblical texts both verbally and in writing

3. Serve the community

You will be expected to:

• Participate in and take leadership positions in regular community service at least eight hours every semester
• Participate in and take leadership positions in at least six credit hours’ worth of supervised community field internships
• Reflect upon what you learned through service to others

4. Lead

You will be expected to:

• Take leadership positions within your field placement setting and show evidence of your leadership abilities
• Show evidence of peer leadership within each course setting
 
5. Publicly speak and write

You will be expected to:

• Make formal, structured oral and written argumentation in each class
• Have regular public speaking and writing opportunities in your field placement site

6. Prepare for the workplace or graduate school

You will be expected to:

• Take the GRE or other graduate entrance examination by fall semester of your senior year
• Show evidence of a site visit or other direct contact with at least one employer or graduate school program
• Work with an instructor in preparing/presenting a conference-ready paper.

To see any of the course sequences, check any of the links below.