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OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 
OHIO University Undergraduate Catalog 2022-23 [Archived Catalog]

Philosophy—Pretheology Major (B.A.)

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Major code BA5242

College of Arts and Sciences  
Philosophy Department  
Lindley Hall S124
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4588

Al Lent, contact person

Program Overview

The pretheology track within the philosophy major does not differ greatly in terms of distribution requirements (though there are some differences), but differs principally in the direction, guidance, and preparation it offers to students who are interested in the philosophical foundations of religion and religious belief. Students whose interests center on religion (whether the ministry or religion studies) often find philosophy an attractive field of study because of its analytical and deeply reflective character as an academic discipline. While seminaries tend not to favor one major over another, a mix of philosophy and Classics and World Religions, which is what the pretheology track prescribes, will serve to create a secure foundation for further study in this and related areas.

Admissions Information

Freshman/First-Year Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Change of Program Policy

No selective or limited admission requirements.

External Transfer Admission

No requirements beyond University admission requirements.

Opportunities Upon Graduation

With strong skills in critical analysis and writing, graduates of the Philosophy – Pretheology program are well-equipped to pursue graduate work in theology. Philosophy – Pretheology graduates have the same variety of potential employment and graduate school opportunities that general philosophy graduates have, as well. A bachelor of arts in philosophy - pretheology prepares students for a wide range of careers, from politics, to business, to service, and much more. Virtually any job that requires critical thinking skills, an ability to communicate well, and creativity in working out problems will be suitable for a philosophy major. Examples of potential employers include, but are not limited to, the following: institutions of higher education; adult education programs; research institutes; environmental agencies; consulting firms; legal clinics; non-profit organizations; financial institutions; religious organizations and retreat centers; correctional institutions; etc.

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Universitywide Graduation Requirements

To complete this program, students must meet all Universitywide graduation requirements .

Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirement

View the College and Liberal Arts and Sciences Distribution Requirements .

Philosophy Pretheology Requirements

Complete the following two courses and the five components listed below, for a total of 33 hours of PHIL coursework:

Component 2: Logic

Complete the following course:

Component 3: Upper Division Courses

Complete 6 hours of PHIL courses at the 4000 level, not including PHIL 4901 and PHIL 4970.

Component 4: Electives

Complete at least 3 hours of coursework in Classics and World Religions.

Component 5: Senior Seminar

Complete the following course:

Theological Seminary or Graduate Study Recommendations

If you plan to enter a theological seminary or to do graduate study in religion, it is recommended that you take a broad program of appropriate undergraduate courses in the following:

  • classics and world religions;
  • English composition and literature, and world literature;
  • history;
  • sociology and anthropology.

Arrange your program to meet the requirements of the B.A. degree and the University General Education requirements.

It is advisable to major in philosophy, English, classics, or one of the social sciences. Check the entrance requirements of the theological seminaries, other religious educational institutions, or graduate schools of your choice and plan your curriculum accordingly.

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