Lincoln Memorial University

Philosophy and Religion

To inquire about this program:

Dr. Steven Cowan |423.869.6220|

LMU’s Philosophy and Religion major will lead you on a journey of discovery concerning life’s most important and fundamental questions: Does God exist? What is the meaning of life? Why is there evil and suffering? Do we have free will? Is there life after death? Has God spoken to us in the Bible or some other holy book? These and many other questions have occupied the greatest minds in history, including the Greek philosophers Plato and Aristotle and religious figures such as Jesus, Siddhartha, and Muhammad. Through studying the history of philosophical and religious ideas and wrestling with the great questions of the ages, the Philosophy and Religion major will sharpen his or her critical thinking and communication skills, and hone the moral and intellectual virtues necessary for being an effective citizen of the world.


After taking a 9-hour core that includes Introduction to Philosophy, Comparative World Religions, and Logic and Critical Thinking, the student will then choose to concentrate his/her studies in either philosophy or religion. The philosophy concentration requires courses in the history of philosophy, ethics, philosophy of religion, and either metaphysics or epistemology. The religion concentration requires courses in Bible, the history of Christianity, and either Islam or Eastern religions.

Degree Offered

Bachelor of Arts

Four Year Plans

Philosophy Concentration - Four Year Plan 

Religion Concentration-Four Year Plan

Special Features

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

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

Faculty in the Philosophy and Religion program are experienced scholars whose works have appeared in numerous books and academic journals.

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
  • Logic and 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
  • Survey of the Old Testament
  • Survey of the New Testament
  • Islam
  • Comparative Christianity
  • Philosophy of Religion
  • History of Christianity
  • Religion in America


The minor requires 21 hours of core and elective courses:

PHIL 100     The Meaning of Life 3

PHIL 299     Introduction to Philosophy 3

PHIL 240     Ethics 3

REL 210 or 220    Survey of Old or New Testament 3

FEL 310     Compartive World Religions 3

Elective of student's choice 3

Select one of the following:

REL 321     History of Christianity I 3

REL 322     History of Christianity II 3

REL 325     Religion in Amierca 3

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.


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