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Philosophy and Religion

  • Available as major (B.A. degree)
    Age-old questions are still the basis for countless discussions. How do we fit into this world? How does our faith guide us? The search has intrigued men and women for generations — and the complexity of the answers keeps the discussion going.

  • A deeper view of what makes or breaks a society. A combination of heart and head. A broader consideration of the faith factor and how we live our lives. Are you ready to wrestle with these elements as part of your education?

    Religion is a major motivating and defining factor in the lives of people in all parts of the world. Learn about the different expressions of spirituality, the different ways and degrees faith interacts or intersects with society. Analyze and understand how cultures evolve on the foundation of that faith.

    At Olivet, you can: 

    • Study deeper meanings of biblical texts (hermeneutics), theology, world religions, history of the Church.
    • Use the lens of the Christian faith to look at politics, literature, art and traditions.
    • Learn more about other faiths, such as Islam and Hinduism.
    • Develop your critical thinking and writing skills.
    • Enjoy the flexibility of this major. Design your course of study to emphasize either philosophy or religion.
    • And so much more!

    Putting knowledge to work

    Study abroad programs provide opportunity for experiencing the Christian faith in other cultures and countries.

    Missions in Action (M.I.A.) sponsors student mission trips to serve people living on the continents of Asia, Africa, South America as well as in the U.S.


    If you see yourself as: 

    • a creative thinker
    • observant
    • a person who enjoys gathering and processing information
    • an analytical thinker
    • attentive to details
    • a lover of God
    • a seeker of wisdom

    then we see you pursuing a Philosophy and Religion degree.

    Possible careers include: professor, author, lecturer, journalist

    Philosophy and Religion is within the School of Theology and Christian Ministry.