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Philosophy and Religion

What is the purpose of human life? What is the best way to live? Is there a God? For the last 2,500 years, thinkers in the West have wrestled with these questions. Some of their answers entail belief in a deity. Some rely upon the power of human reason. LMU's Philosophy and Religion program will give you the opportunity to explore the full range of answers that have been offered.

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Four Year Plan

Philosophy and Religion-Four Year Plan

Special Features

Faculty in the Religion and Philosophy department are experienced scholars whose work has appeared in The Journal of Communication and Religion, Vital Speeches of the Day, and The Journal of Popular Culture. Other Philosophy-Religion Program faculty publications include a book Religious Truth and Religious Diversity, as well as work that appeared in the Review of Religious Research, Journal of Cultural and Religious Theory, and numerous American Academy of Religion conferences.

Courses in philosophy cover a variety of areas, ranging from contemporary issues such as medical ethics to eternal questions about the meaning of life.

Religion courses include the history of religion, a comparative study of the major religions of the world, and a survey of the major sacred writings of the Judeo-Christian tradition.

You'll gain a better understanding of major world religions by visiting several different worship services in the Knoxville area.

Course Information

Courses in this program are evenly divided between philosophy and religion. As a major, you'll take core courses that include:
  • The Meaning of Life
  • Introduction to Philosophy
  • Topics in Philosophy
  • Critical Thinking
  • Ethics
  • Seminar in Philosophy/Religion
  • Survey of the Old Testament or
  • Survey of the New Testament
  • World Religions
  • History of Christianity or
  • Religion in America
A wide selection of electives is also offered. These cover:
  • Medical Ethics
  • Worshiping in Other Traditions
  • Survey of the Old Testament
  • Survey of the New Testament
  • Comparative Christianity
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion in America


The minor requires 21 hours of core and elective courses.

Graduate & Professional Opportunities

As a philosophy and religion major, you're prepared for a career in religious organizations and for advanced graduate work. In addition, this program works well as a second major for students who want to expand their knowledge of the humanities.