Philosophy and Religion

Philosophy and Religion

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Major Introduction

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Mission Statement

The aim of this major in Liberal Arts education is not necessarily to educate a specialist. It is to critically scrutinize principles associated with ideas such as "meaning" and "value" that we as humans all possess in order to cultivate the ability to develop a conclusive foundation. The study of philosophy and religion invokes fundamental questions concerning man and life and constitutes the core elements of a Liberal Arts education that aims to cultivate reverent and independent individuals.

Students majoring in Philosophy and Religion will learn to question premises and perspectives that they take for granted. They will also learn how to understand others' ideas that differ from their own beliefs and ideas. By asking questions such as "What can I learn?", "What should I do?" and "What can I hope for?", students can inquire into man's ultimate possibilities and limits, and can learn the approaches to the classic, yet modern problem of "Knowing oneself."

Learning Goals

Learning goals for students majoring in Philosophy and Religion are as follows.

  1. Gain an understanding of the idea that philosophy and religion are an indispensable foundation in life and one of man's fundamental activities.
  2. Learn the fundamental concepts of philosophy and religion, and additionally, learn the methodology to academically configure such a complex matter.
  3. Acquire a perspective that respects and understands people who have differing philosophies and religions. Students must select at least one or more specialized areas from Western philosophy, ethics, Chinese philosophy/ethics, Old Testament studies, New Testament studies, theology, philosophy of religion or religious studies. They must take introductory courses, then advance into research and advanced reading courses, as well as seminars, then participate in special research classes. In their final year, they must write their senior thesis under supervision from their academic supervisor. In addition, reading comprehension in Hebrew, Greek, Latin, English, Ger- man, French or Chinese are considered highly important to the research process.