A Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology will help you identify and develop, within the context of a supportive Christian academic community, the analytical abilities for critical and creative scholarship and for meaningful living. You’ll explore the works of significant thinkers as you clarify and support your views and beliefs. You’ll also continue to develop your ability to communicate clearly what you have learned. These studies will encourage you to develop greater understanding and appreciation for the Judeo-Christian heritage and its relationship to the liberal arts.
The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology develops your ability to critically investigate challenging topics such as ethics, biblical studies, theology, Christian history and philosophy. Your skills in critical thinking, reasoning, research and communication will be invaluable to you as a life-long learner and in whatever career you choose to pursue.
A degree in Philosophy and Theology offers a range of career opportunities in social, religious and other fields, including, among others, work in:
- service organizations
- nonprofit agencies
- other religious organizations.
Students in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy often pursue additional education in graduate programs at universities like Baylor, Duke, Harvard, Vanderbilt, and Wake Forest. Others have stayed at Gardner-Webb to pursue degrees offered at the University, including various concentrations in the Master of Arts in Religion, the Master of Divinity, and the Doctor of Ministry.
In addition to the University’s general education and prerequisite course requirements, Philosophy and Theology majors are required to take nine hours of foundational course choices in philosophy, spiritual formation, Christian history and theology. The Philosophy and Theology major also includes 21 hours of concentrated coursework, six hours of departmental electives, and a three-hour seminar. It is also recommended that students take RELI 245 as part of a Global Heritage general studies requirement.
Additional information, including descriptions of specific courses and their corresponding credit hours, is available in the Academic Catalog.
A minor in Philosophy and Ethics requires 15 hours of coursework, including introductions to philosophy and logic, as well as nine hours of electives in various branches of philosophy, ethics, and Christian perspectives. The University also offers an array of minor opportunities in other departments.