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Language, History & Culture Majors

Theology and Philosophy

The major in Theology is designed to provide you with a broad-based curriculum introducing you to important methodologies in the academic study of theology, to significant texts in the various religious traditions, and to the history of theological and religious reflection. Students of all religious backgrounds are welcome and their viewpoints are honored within this major.

The Grand View Theology and Philosophy Departments serve the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America by:

  • offering a major in Theology, emphasizing the Judeo-Christian heritage.
  • offering academic preparation for students wishing to enter the seminary.
  • providing course work for those seeking to be certified and rostered as Associates in Ministry.
  • offering academic preparation for those wishing to pursue graduate work in religious studies
  • providing an opportunity for students to explore the nature of religious faith.

Minors are offered in Theology and Philosophy.

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Courses and Requirements

Department Courses in the Core:

  • Introduction to Philosophy: Questions That Matter
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Philosophy of Human Nature
  • Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy
  • Modern Western Philosophy
  • Bioethics
  • Living Religions of the World
  • Dynamics of Christian Faith and Life
  • Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament
  • History of Theology and Church Until the Reformation
  • The Life and Thought of Luther
  • Modern Religious Thought
  • Worship and the Arts
  • Poverty, Racism, Power: Making Decisions in a Multi-Cultural World

Departmental Courses Required of All Majors:

  • Living Religions of the World
  • Dynamics of Christian Faith and Life
  • Introduction to the Literature of the Old Testament
  • Introduction to the Literature of the New Testament
  • Internship AS NEEDED

9 credits from:

  • History of Theology and Church Until the Reformation
  • The Life and Thought of Luther
  • Modern Religious Thought
  • Worship and the Arts
  • Poverty, Racism, Power: Making Decisions in a Multi-Cultural World

3 credits from:

  • Independent Study AS NEEDED OR
  • Topics in Religion

9 credits from:

  • Introduction to Philosophy: Questions That Matter
  • Introduction to Ethics
  • Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy
  • Modern Western Philosophy

Free Electives:

  • History and Philosophy of Science
  • Introduction to Mathematical Reasoning
  • Greek of the Ancient Mideast I
  • Greek of the Ancient Mideast II

For detailed course descriptions, please go to the current catalog HERE.

Reference Documents

2013-14 Requirements

Theology Major

2012-13 Requirements

Religion Major

Religion Minor

Philosophy Minor

 

2010-12 Requirements

Religion Major

Religion Minor

Philosophy Minor


2008-10 Requirements

Religion Major

Religion Minor

Philosophy Minor