Course Catalog

Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy

FACULTY

Chair: Associate Professor E. Stepp

Professors: D. Berry, K. Blevins, P. Hildreth, P. Qualls, R. Williams

Associate Professors: J. Collins, S. Shauf

 

MISSION STATEMENT

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.

 

GOALS

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

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

Students who choose one of the six majors offered by 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.

Student learning outcomes specific to each major offered by the Department are described in the appropriate sections that follow.

 

MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY

The Department offers the following majors leading to the Bachelor of Arts degree:

 

Biblical Studies

Discipleship Studies

Youth Discipleship Studies

Philosophy and Theology

World Religions

Missiology

 

The Department also offers a second major in Religious Studies with each of the options listed above.

 

MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY

Biblical Studies

Biblical Languages

Discipleship Studies

Youth Discipleship Studies

Philosophy and Ethics

World Religions

Missiology

Christian History


MAJOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

The Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy requires 39 hours of courses beyond core requirements.

 

Though not required for every major, the Department recommends that RELI 245 be taken as part of the Global Heritage general education requirement and that RELI 354 be taken as part of the Oral Communication general education requirement. All majors in the Department take RELI 101 and 102 or equivalents as part of the University general education requirement. The Department recommends that these two courses be completed before taking upper-level courses in the Department.

 

The Religious Studies Association is the departmental club established to benefit religion majors and other interested students/faculty by providing additional opportunities for learning and service in the field of Religious Studies. All students majoring in the Department are required to attend four of the six yearly meetings. Students who excel in Religious Studies may be invited to become a member of the University chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa, a national honor society.

 

DEPARTMENT FOUNDATIONAL COURSES (9 HOURS)

All majors are required to take three of the following four courses:

 

RELI 271, RELI 321, RELI 333, PHIL 200

 

The nine hours of foundational courses above will be combined with six hours of departmental electives (except for the Language option of the Biblical Studies major, which requires three hours of departmental electives), a threehour seminar requirement, and 21 additional hours in the area of one’s selected major for a total of 39 hours to complete the major, as outlined below:

 

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BIBLICAL STUDIES MAJOR (39 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

 

Students will demonstrate:

 

  1. either:
    1. (Language option) an advanced competency in both Koine Greek and biblical Hebrew; or
    2. (Non-Language option) an intermediate competency in either Koine Greek or biblical Hebrew,
  2. an in-depth understanding of the literature of the Old and New Testaments,
  3. an understanding of the cultural context from which the languages and literature come, and
  4. the ability to do critical research in Biblical Languages and Literature and to give clear, substantive oral and written reports of such research.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Department foundational courses (see above – 9 hours)

RELI 351 or RELI 352 (3)

Language or Non-Language options – choose one:

 

Language:

 

Biblical Languages (15)

Either HEBR 101, 102, 201, 202, GREK 202 (with the general education core requirement of GREK 101, 102, 201) or GREK 101, 102, 201, 202, HEBR 202 (with the general education core requirement of HEBR 101, 102, 201)

 

Biblical Studies – OT (3)

RELI 302, 303, 306, or 307 (select one)

 

Biblical Studies – NT (3)

RELI 311, 312, 314, 316, or 317 (select one)

 

Seminar – (3)

RELI 490

 

Departmental electives – (3)

 

Non-Language:

Biblical Studies – OT (6 or 9: if the biblical language is Hebrew, only 6 OT hours are required)

RELI 302, 303, 306, 307, or HEBR 202 (select three)

Biblical Studies – NT (6 or 9: if the biblical language is Greek, only 6 NT hours are required)

RELI 311, 312, 314, 316, 317, or GREK 202 (select three)

Practicum / Internship (3)

RELI 358 or 397 (select one)

Seminar – (3)

RELI 490

Departmental electives – (6)

 

Additional requirement: students must take nine hours from a biblical language as part of the general education language requirement.

 

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DISCIPLESHIP STUDIES MAJOR (39 HOURS)

NOTE: Students who choose to major in Discipleship Studies will NOT be eligible for North Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant funds.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will demonstrate:

 

  1. an understanding of basic principles of Christian discipleship among various age groups,
  2. an understanding of leadership and administration principles for effective discipleship processes,
  3. an understanding of the various contexts in which discipleship practices arise, and
  4. critical reflection and analysis in the field of discipleship studies and an ability to give clear, substantive oral and written reports of said reflection and analysis.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

 

Department foundational courses (see above – 9 hours)

Biblical Studies – OT (3)

RELI 302, 303, 306, or 307 (select one)

Biblical Studies – NT (3)

RELI 311, 312, 314, 316, or 317 (select one)

Discipleship (12)

RELI 370

RELI 374, 375, or 377 (select two)

RELI 376 or 373 (select one)

Practicum / Internship (3)

RELI 358 or 397 (select one)

Seminar (3)

RELI 490

Departmental electives (6)

 

Recommended: that students take RELI 245 as part of Global Heritage general education requirement.

 

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YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP STUDIES MAJOR (39 HOURS)

NOTE: Students who choose to major in Youth Discipleship Studies will NOT be eligible for North Carolina Legislative Tuition Grant funds.

 

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will demonstrate:

 

  1. an understanding of basic principles of youth discipleship in a Christian context,
  2. an understanding of basic principles of Christian discipleship among other age groups,
  3. an understanding of leadership and administration principles for effective youth discipleship processes,
  4. an understanding of the various contexts in which youth discipleship practices arise, and
  5. critical reflection and analysis in the field of youth discipleship studies and an ability to give clear, substantive oral and written reports of said reflection and analysis.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Department foundational courses (see above – 9 hours)

Biblical Studies – OT (3)

RELI 302, 303, 306, or 307 (select one)

Biblical Studies – NT (3)

RELI 311, 312, 314, 316, or 317 (select one)

Discipleship (12)

RELI 373, 374 or 377 (select one)

RELI 370, 375, and 376

Practicum / Internship (3)

RELI 358 or 397 (select one)

Seminar (3)

RELI 490

Departmental electives (6)

 

Recommended: that students take RELI 245 as part of Global Heritage general education requirement.

 

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PHILOSOPHY AND THEOLOGY MAJOR (39 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will be able:

 

  1. to identify and develop the critical tools necessary for the disciplined exploration of biblical studies, Christian history and thought, religious education, and related disciplines,
  2. to list and discuss significant writers, literature, methodology, and the unique shape of the various disciplines in the field of philosophy and theology,
  3. to do critical research in religious study and philosophical study and to give clear, substantive oral and written reports of such research, and
  4. to move to advanced levels of study in the area of religious thought and philosophy.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Department foundational courses (see above – 9 hours)

World Religions (3)

RELI 346, 347, 348, 349, 350, or 378 (select one)

Biblical Studies

RELI 352 (3)

Christian History (3)

RELI 322, 323, 324, 325, 327, or 328 (select one)

Philosophy / Ethics (9)

PHIL 201, RELI 341, PHIL 337, PHIL 338, or PHIL 380 (select three)

Theology (3)

RELI 306 or 314 (select one)

Seminar (3)

RELI 490

Departmental electives (6)

 

Recommended: that students take RELI 245 as part of Global Heritage general education requirement.

 

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WORLD RELIGIONS MAJOR (39 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will demonstrate:

 

  1. an understanding of the historical development of the major world religions,
  2. an understanding to the worldview of the major world religions,
  3. an understanding of how the major world religions live out their faith,
  4. a basic understanding of the primary sacred texts of the major world religions, and
  5. an understanding of how contemporary world events are often shaped by religious convictions and traditions.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Department foundational courses (see above – 9 hours)

PHIL 337 and RELI 328 (6)

World Religions (15)

RELI 347, 348, 349, 350, and 378

Seminar (3)

RELI 490

Departmental electives (6)

 

Additional requirements: students must take RELI 245 as part of Global

Heritage general education requirement and RELI 354 as part of Oral

Communication general education requirement.

 

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MISSIOLOGY MAJOR (39 HOURS)

STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:

Students will understand and utilize:

 

  1. the biblical basis for Christian mission,
  2. the history, heritage and theology of Christian mission,
  3. contemporary world religions, political situations and world views with which the Christian mission enterprise must relate,
  4. the most current strategies/methodologies used by mission organizations, and
  5. the ability to do critical research in Christian mission and to give clear, substantive oral and written reports on such research.

 

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Department foundational courses (see above – 9 hours)

Missiology (12)

RELI 243, 326, 328, and 378

World Religions (3)

RELI 347, 348, 349, or 350 (select one)

Biblical Studies / Discipleship Studies (3)

RELI 302, 303, 306, 307, 311, 312, 314, 316, 317, 370, 373, 374, 375, or 377 (select one)

Seminar (3)

RELI 490

Practicum / Internship (3)

RELI 358 or 397 (select one)

Departmental electives (6)

 

Additional requirements: students must take RELI 245 as part of Global Heritage general education requirement and RELI 354 as part of Oral Communication general education requirement.

 

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SECOND MAJOR FOR STUDENTS WHOSE FIRST MAJOR IS FROM OUTSIDE THE DEPARTMENT (33 HOURS)

A second major for a student whose first major is in a department other than the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy shall meet all requirements in the second major area except for the hours designated for departmental electives. The total hour requirement is 33 hours, except for the biblical studies major with language option, which requires a total of 36 hours since it contains 3 hours rather than 6 hours of elective credit.

 

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SECOND MAJOR WITHIN THE DEPARTMENT (30 HOURS)

A second major in the Department of Religious Studies and Philosophy for a student whose first major is within the Department shall consist of 30 hours. All requirements in the second major area must be met except for the foundational course requirement of 9 hours. The seminar requirement applies to each major; thus RELI 490 must be taken twice. In the case of two majors that both require either a practicum or internship (RELI 358 or RELI 397), one course will meet the requirement for both majors. The other three hours will be substituted with an elective course (3 hours). In every case for students with two majors within the Department, the first major will total 39 hours and the second major will total 30 hours.

 

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MINOR FIELDS OF STUDY DETAIL

The Department does not require a minor. If a major in the Department chooses to minor within the Department, the minor must be in an area other than that of the major.

 

BIBLICAL STUDIES (15 HOURS)

RELI 351 or 352, plus 3 hours of Old Testament (select one from RELI 302, 303, 306, or 307), plus 3 hours of New Testament (select one from RELI 311, 312, 314, 316, or 317), plus 6 additional hours from any of the aforementioned courses or any HEBR or GREK courses.

 

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BIBLICAL LANGUAGES (15 HOURS)

Select 9 hours of Greek, 6 hours of Hebrew, or select 9 hours of Hebrew, 6 hours of Greek.

 

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DISCIPLESHIP STUDIES (15 HOURS)

Any combination of Discipleship Studies courses.

 

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MISSIOLOGY (15 HOURS)

RELI 243, 326, 328, and 378, plus one from among RELI 347, 348, 349, or 350.

RELI 245 recommended as part of University general education requirement.

 

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WORLD RELIGIONS (15 HOURS)

Select 9 hours from among RELI 347, 348, 349, 350, plus 6 additional hours from among the courses offered by the Department. RELI 245 recommended as part of University general education requirement.

 

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PHILOSOPHY AND ETHICS (15 HOURS)

PHIL 200 and PHIL 201, plus 9 hours from among the following:

PHIL 337, PHIL 338, PHIL 380, RELI 341, or RELI 342

 

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YOUTH DISCIPLESHIP (15 HOURS)

Required courses include RELI 375, 376, PSYC 302, and either PSYC 425 or PSYC 440, plus a practicum or internship related to Youth Discipleship.

 

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CHRISTIAN HISTORY (15 HOURS)

RELI 321, if not already taken, plus additional courses from among the following for a total of 15 hours: RELI 322, 323, 324, 325, 327, or 328.

 

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ADDITIONAL REQUIREMENTS FOR TRANSFER MAJORS

All students transferring under the Comprehensive Articulation Agreement must complete a foreign language through the Intermediate I level (201).