B.A. in Philosophy & Religion

The major in Philosophy and Religion will help students thoughtfully and critically understand a complex landscape of competing worldviews and how those worldviews are lived out in practice. Majors will tackle big questions about how we should live, how we should organize our communities, how we should pursue justice, and how we make sense of our place in an increasingly polarized society. In a globalized planet full of clashes between religious and ethical worldviews, being able to navigate challenging conversations is an essential skill–one that a Philosophy and Religion major will hone. Students will develop skills in critical argumentation and in dealing constructively with religious, racial, and ethnic difference: the ability to respectfully converse across differences of worldview and understanding those differences without being doctrinaire. Paying close attention to historical and contemporary answers to life’s fundamental questions, a major in Philosophy and Religion gives students a deep understanding of the views of peoples from across the globe and helps them develop their own answers along the way.

Student Learning Outcomes University Learning Goals (KMERI*)

1. Know the details of historically important normative traditions and the ways in which individuals and communities have chosen to live them out.

Knowledgeable
2. Be able to closely read complex texts and construct clearly-written, well-reasoned essays. Multi-literate
3. Tackle questions about how we should live, how we should organize our communities, how we should pursue justice, and how we make sense of our place in an increasingly polarized society and be able to apply proposed answers to those questions to their life beyond the classroom. Engaged
4. Engage in reasoned argument and challenging conversations about controversial issues. Responsible
5. Be able to understand and be curious about normative traditions beyond the ones they identify with as well as to be able to articulate and critique their own belief system. Inquisitive

*NOTE: KMERI refers to Otterbein's learning goals. It stands for KnowledgeableMulti-literateEngagedResponsible, and Inquisitive. To learn more about KMERI, visit our University Learning Goals page.

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