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Bachelor of Arts (B.A.)
When you study religion you learn the most important ideas you will ever know. This field of study helps you understand the faith and worldviews that impact the lives of millions of people.
In fact, religion may be the most powerful force in the world. Studying religion helps you understand the complex and volatile relationships that dominate world events. When you become aware of the features of religious life – events, texts, history, rituals – you gain an ability to analyze your own life, as well as the lives of others.
At the same time, majoring in religion allows for growth in your personal development by offering you intellectual excitement and a chance to explore your own spiritual depths.
If you are interested in getting to the core of contemporary issues such as economics, politics, abortion, capital punishment, and international relations, this could be the major for you. This deals with values and speaks to current events. All these make the study of religion vital as preparation for a variety of professional opportunities.
Students choose to major in Religion for many different reasons. Many, obviously, go on to serve their denomination as professional clergy. But graduates who have majored in Religion have pursued all sorts of other careers. A Religion major is valuable in its own right, but also functions as excellent preparation for a variety of occupations, such as, a lawyer, professor, social worker, youth worker, community development worker, charity officer, civil service administrator, or archivist.
* Philosophy teaches you how to think for yourself.
Studying philosophy encourages you to think critically, look deeply into fundamental questions of right and wrong, truth and falsehood, the meaning of life, the nature of reality, and knowledge and society. More than any other discipline, philosophy explores the core issues of the human intellectual tradition. Philosophy encourages you to formulate questions and construct, as well as evaluate, logical arguments.
Philosophy is the ultimate "transferable work skill." When you go into a job interview, and tell the interviewer you are a Philosophy major, their estimation of you goes up. It shows you are intrigued by difficult, challenging ideas and problem solving, and that you have broad interests and solid critical thinking skills.
With its emphasis on reason and argumentation, philosophy is an excellent preparation for a career in law, religion, business, psychological services, social work, management, or writing, as well as post-graduate education.
Why study Philosophy at KWU? A Deeper Awareness of God and Yourself!
In a world of religious plurality and widely differing views of spirituality, it is important for Christians to be knowledgeable about the diverse religious world around them and to clarify their own beliefs. The Department of Religion and Philosophy prepares students for thoughtful, Christian engagement in our world through classes that stimulate discussion and encourage growth in both mind and spirit.
What can I do with these degrees?
The B.A. in Philosophy prepares students for advanced studies or graduate work in education, law and other fields in religion and philosophy.
For more information, contact Dr. Meredith (Trexler) Drees, Chair of the Department of Religion & Philosophy, or call (785) 833-4368.