Course Catalog

Department Of Religious Studies and Philosophy


Within the context of a Christian liberal arts tradition, our mission in both graduate and undergraduate education is to provide an atmosphere of open inquiry, honesty, and integrity where issues of religious understanding, faith, practice, and philosophy can be explored. Our intention is to prepare lifelong learners who are self-aware, critical and analytical thinkers, committed to a life of service with and for God and humanity.



To assist both undergraduate and graduate students in achieving:

  1. An appreciation for the Judeo-Christian tradition in the context of a liberal arts tradition;
  2. A developing spiritual life that integrates the physical, mental, psychological, and social dimensions of life;
  3. An ability to think, to reason, and to communicate with critical awareness in the context of religious studies and philosophy;
  4. An ability to translate critical thinking into responsible life choices;
  5. A commitment to the pursuit of life-long learning; and
  6. Preparation for pursuing advanced studies and professions related to serving God and humanity.



Students who choose to major in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy will demonstrate:

  1. Basic skills in biblical interpretation and exegesis, and
  2. Skills in critical thinking, and written and oral communication.



Gardner-Webb’s Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Religious Studies provides a fully accredited baccalaureate degree in religion. Graduates will be prepared to assume positions in churches or social agencies or to go on to seek higher academic degrees at a university, school of divinity, or seminary.



Prior to enrolling in the Religious Studies Program, the applicant should have the following in his or her academic transcript:

■ 60-64 semester hours from a regionally accredited junior college or senior college

■ English 101


Some courses required for admissions may be completed concurrently with course work by taking such courses offered in the curriculum. Such concurrent enrollment for courses required for admission must be completed within the first year of enrollment and may extend the time required to complete enrollment within the first year in the program:


Religion 304 or equivalent (1 course)

Religion 305 or equivalent (1 course)

English 102 (1 course)


Failure to register for a course required for admission will prohibit the student from registering for any subsequent semester until courses required for admission are complete.



As with all GOAL majors, approximately half of the Religious Studies track consists of our Core Curriculum of Liberal Arts (see Core Curriculum). A student must complete 36 hours in the Religious Studies major, 15 of which must be completed with the University. The classes particular to the Religious Studies major, consist of the following:


■ Spiritual Formation (3 hours)

   REL 371

■ Biblical Studies (6 hours)

  Select one: REL 302, 303, 306, or 307

  Select one: REL 311, 312, 314, 316, 317, or 351

■ Church History (3 hours)

  Religion 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 327, 328, or 343

■ Christian Thought (3 hours)

  Select one: REL 306, 314, 333, 341, 342, or 352

■ Christianity and the World (3 hours)

  Select one: REL 326, 343, 346, or 378

■ Philosophy (3 hours)

  Philosophy 300, 301, 337, or 380

■ Discipleship Studies (3 hours)

  Select two: REL 370, 373, 374, 375, 376, or 377

■ Senior Seminar (3 hours)

  REL 490

■ Internship/Practicum (3 hours)

  Select one: REL 397 or 358

■ Religion Elective (6 hours)

  Any Religion or Philosophy course



Prerequisites: Courses which must be completed prior to entry in the GOAL program:


❐ a. 60-64 semester hours from a regionally accredited junior or senior college

❐ b. Equivalent of Religion 304

❐ c. Equivalent of Religion 305

❐ d. Equivalent of Gardner-Webb’s English 101

❐ e. Equivalent of Gardner-Webb’s English 102


Gardner-Webb Course work:

A. University Core - See GOAL Core Curriculum Checksheet

B. Major: 3 hours each for a total of 36 hours (check, then circle course taken)


I. Spiritual Formation

  ❐ REL 371

II. Biblical Studies

  ❐ REL 302, 303, 306, or 307

  ❐ REL 311, 312, 314, 316, 317, or 351

III. Church History

  ❐ REL 321, 322, 323, 324, 325, 327, 328, or 343

IV. Christian Thought

  ❐ REL 306, 314, 333, 341, 342, 350, or 352

V. Christianity and the World

  ❐ REL 326, 343, 346, or 378

VI. Philosophy

  ❐ PHI 300, 301, 337, or 380

VII. Discipleship Studies (select one)

  ❐ REL 370, 373, 374, 375, 376, 377, or 490

VIII. Senior Seminar

  ❐ REL 490

IX. Internship/Practicum

  ❐ REL 397 or REL 358

X. Religion Elective (select two)

  ❐ Any Religion or Philosophy course


C. Electives (Take as many hours as needed to complete 64 senior college hours and the minimum 128 semester hour requirement for graduation)


Elective courses taken:


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