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Religion, Philosophy & Peace Studies

Studying religion at Wilmington College offers the opportunity to explore not only the Quaker tradition informing the history and mission of the College since its founding, but also the broader Christian tradition and other major religions of the world. Whether in courses on the Bible or the historical Jesus, on dreams or comparative religions, students are invited to engage with the mystery of the sacred, and the ethical and philosophical questions that have occupied human beings since the dawn of history.

Philosophy is the love of wisdom. Wisdom emerges from clear, logical, and creative thought, and an earnest attempt to understand reality, knowledge, ethical responsibility, and other concerns in our everyday lives. Philosophy attempts to integrate all human thought and experience into a meaningful whole.

Student Feature - Jack Ferguson

Jack Ferguson“Being a student in the Religion & Philosophy program has been quite a uniquely rewarding experience. When I first came to Wilmington College, I was strictly a Biology major. Having grown up constantly questioning the seemingly mystifying universe around me, I wanted to explore the world in which we live with the power of the scientific method. For these reasons, I am still proudly a Biology major. However, I quickly found in taking Religion and Philosophy courses, that there was more to learn about our universe, humanity’s diverse cultures, peace and social justice than I had imagined.

I was drawn to interesting classes the program has to offer such as the course about the profound significance of dreams in our lives and in human culture, the comparative religion course, and the courses on mysteries of the Bible and beyond. Soon after becoming enthralled with exploring topics like this, I became involved with the program outside of class, helping to set up weekly Twilight Zone screenings and discussions, for example.

It has been an invaluable experience that I wouldn’t trade for anything and I would strongly recommend giving the department a look when coming to Wilmington College!”

– Jack Ferguson
Religion & Philosophy and Biology (double major)
Waynesville

Program Features

Students majoring in Religion and Philosophy may choose one of three concentrations to complement and complete Core coursework. Students desiring a broad program of study in Religion and Philosophy would be best served by the general Religion and Philosophy concentration, which allows students to complete Core coursework with 16 upper level RP credits of their own choosing. The somewhat more interdisciplinary and applied Peace and Nonviolence concentration and Ecological Ethics concentration culminate in a Senior Project or Internship.

Career Opportunities

Study in Religion and Philosophy can lead to careers in the ministry, but most importantly, the breadth of knowledge, the critical thought skills, and the holistic thinking required in this major are valued in business, law, and other professions. Combining one of Wilmington College’s applied majors or minors with a major/minor like Religion and Philosophy affords students a broad liberal arts education attractive to employers and graduate schools in many different fields. At 32 total credit hours, the Religion and Philosophy major is easy to combine with many other majors and minors. Students interested in gaining a broad background in sustainability could combine the Ecological Ethics concentration with other majors and minors such as the Food Policy and Agricultural Advocacy concentration in Political Science, the Environmental Science major in Biology, and the Sustainability minor offered through the Agriculture program. Similarly, the Peace and Nonviolence concentration provides excellent practical skills in mediation useful in a wide array of both personal and professional contexts