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Philosophy: Religious Studies

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Why study Philosophy: Religious Studies at APSU?

The Religious Studies program engages in a broad and rigorous study of the world religions.   Courses explore the religious perspectives on and the role of religion in culture, ethics, politics, and human existence.  This Concentration in the Philosophy and Religion major is perfect for students interested in going into seminary or ministry or who just have an interest in a deep understanding of religion.  APSU Philosophy and Religion classes are usually small, so students get individual attention from their professors. There is an active Philosophy Club at APSU which holds regular discussions, takes field trips, and has hosted two debates with nationally-known speakers on the issue of the existence of God.

What will I learn?

We hope to share more than our knowledge of philosophy with students, but to involve them in the search for wisdom and, most importantly, to share our love of exploring truth, knowledge, beauty, and goodness. We examine the great philosophers and philosophical movements but in ways that attempt to remain faithful to the importance of philosophy for such concrete experiences as love, faith, hope, wonder, joy, sorrow, grief, music, and laughter. In other words, for us the love of wisdom is not only a search for the nature of reality but also a search for the nature, meaning, value, and purpose of the human spirit (mind).

The Freshmen Seminar degree requirement completed by most students is APSU 1000. The course is delivered in a small-class setting with like-minded students led by a faculty member and a peer leader. The interdisciplinary course is intended to support first-semester students and provide them with a foundation for university success. Emphasis is placed on student engagement, university learning success strategies, support services, library literacy, financial literacy, and academic and career planning. The first class meeting of APSU 1000 during fall semesters is on Freshmen Convocation Day.

The general education core is designed to develop critical competencies in written communication, oral communication, mathematical analysis, and critical thinking skills. Students at APSU select coursework in the general education core in the areas of Communication, Humanities and Fine Arts, Social and Behavioral Sciences, History, Natural Sciences, and Mathematics. While the general education core requirements for graduation can be met by choosing courses from each of these areas, some programs of study require lower division courses that serve as prerequisites for upper division courses. Students should consult the sample 4-year plans and confer with their academic advisors as they choose their general education core courses.

What engagement opportunities are available to APSU students?

APSU fosters a positive campus environment that encourages active participation in university life. Organizations and honor societies in which students can engage are …………..coming soon

APSU students engage in HIP curricular and co-curricular experiences that advance their learning and knowledge. Opportunities include first-year seminar, first-year learning communities, common reading experience 'The Peay Read', undergraduate research, study abroad, service and community-based learning, internships, e-portfolio development, and capstone courses & projects.


What Do Philosophy: Religious Studies Majors Do After Graduation?

Philosophy graduates work in many sectors. They can work in government, law, politics or even the Foreign Service. Graduates with degrees in philosophy have significant advantages over others when it comes to their financial outlook for their careers. Mid-career, philosophy graduates make more than Chemistry, Political Science or Business majors.