Lenoir-Rhyne University

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Department Name: 
Religious Studies
Approximate Enrollment (entire institution): 
2,000
Number of Religion Majors: 
30
Number of Full-Time Departmental Faculty: 
10
Public Institution?: 
Private
Related to a religious denomination or body?: 
Yes
Which best describes the institution?: 
Grants bachelor and master degrees
Department offers undergraduate coursework in ministerial preparation (either a track, a minor, or a major)?: 
No
Department or institution offers masters programs in religious studies or theological studies?: 
Yes
Department or institution offers doctoral programs in religious studies or theological studies?: 
No
Description of Undergraduate Major: 

The major in Religion and Philosophy seeks to enrich students' appreciation of the history of reflection on the meaning of life and to enhance his/her understanding of current religious and philosophical issues. The major is especially recommended for students seeking an adequate foundation for further study in Religion and Theology. It is also appropriate for anyone interested in a general liberal arts degree with concentration in these areas. Courses in Religious Studies are designed to help individuals clarify their religious convictions and life goals, as well as to provide preparation for persons who anticipate further study. The student may choose from three tracks: (1) History and Thought; (2) Family Development; and (3) Outdoor Personal and Religious Development.

The student minoring in Religious Studies--History and Thought is required to take at least one course in biblical studies (REL 101,102); and at least three courses in the history-and-thought sequence (REL 310, 320, 330, 340); and any two (2) electives from the offerings in Religion (excluding 100 and 400). A student who majors in Religious Studies may on invitation from the Religion faculty elect to pursue honors work in the major. In addition he/she must be nominated by the faculty of the Religion and Philosophy Program. Honors courses in Religion and Philosophy may be selected with approval from honors offerings in these two (2) areas.