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Philosophy and Religion

Why Major in Philosophy and Religion?

As a Philosophy and Religion major at Hastings College you’ll be pushed to read critically and think clearly through any set of facts, while analyzing arguments,  communicating clearly and thinking deeply about the spiritual dimensions of your life's work. It’s about loving wisdom and examining questions from “What is truth?” to “What is goodness?” to “What is justice?” while studying historical thought and society — and our ways of experiencing the world. 

Ponder life’s meaning

As a Philosophy and Religion major at Hastings College, you’ll reflect on very the nature of being human! You’ll also engage in service-learning projects and participate in special lectures, seminars and retreats – all of which help foster your growth.

Hastings is a great place to explore the methods and perspectives of:

  • Comparative literature,
  • History and
  • Social sciences.

All of these are critical to a Philosophy and Religion major. The coursework in this major boosts your ability to study all subjects in the humanities and social sciences, including language, literature, cultural studies and law.

Create your future

See for yourself how we tailor your education to your talents and your goals.

Schedule a visit and we’ll demonstrate how Hastings will inspire you to reach your potential.

Go further with a Hastings education

Most Hastings College students complete their degree in four years, and our four-year guarantee is here to back it up. This means you’ll work closely with your advisor to chart a course in your major. Study abroad, do a service project or lead a club—there’s time, support and a plan for everything.

Graduate with experience

In addition to the Philosophy and Religion major, Hastings offers a Philosophy and Religion minor. No matter your choice, opportunities for internships and other real-world experience abound!

At every stop along your path, you'll appreciate the stepping stones of teaching, counseling, inspiring, supporting and guiding from our engaged faculty. It's an experience that's true to Hastings College, and you won't find it anywhere else.

At African Community Center, Theesen finds success serving others »
Ellis receives Samuel Robinson Award, attend seminary »

You’ll find Hastings College Religion and Philosophy graduates attending William and Mary Law School and Yale Law School, Harvard Divinity School, Brown University, the University of Nebraska Medical Center, writing fiction and nonfiction, working in churches and youth services organizations, and pursuing careers as professors. 

Get involved beyond the Philosophy and Religion classroom

  • Alpha Chi (Academic Honor Society)

In addition to Alpha Chi, there’s always something to do at Hastings. Student clubs, service learning, Greek life, recreation and more make Hastings a great campus for student life.

Find scholarships for Philosophy and Religion majors

Your high school achievements can both fuel and fund your success at Hastings. We offer a range of generous and renewable academic scholarships based on your GPA and test scores. Plus talent scholarships for everything from speech (forensics) to the arts to athletics are available.


Success in Philosophy and Religion

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As the managing director of the Ethiopian Community Development Council’s African Community Center (ACC) in Denver, Colorado, Melissa Theesen works every day to make sure refugees are welcomed in their new country. more
When Dr. David B. McCarthy, professor of religion, recommended to his student, Logan Ellis, that he apply for the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)’s Samuel Robinson Award —one requirement of which is to memorize and recite the Westminster Shorter... more