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Ohio University's nine undergraduate colleges offer more than 250 programs of study. Students may select from a wide variety of majors, minors and certificates. While most undergraduate programs at the Athens campus are designed to be completed in four years, a limited number of two-year degree programs are available as well.

Philosophy—Pretheology Major (B.A.)

Major code BA5242

College of Arts and Sciences
Philosophy Department  
Lindley Hall S124
Athens, OH 45701
Phone: 740.593.4588
Fax: 740.593.4597
philosophy.department@ohio.edu
https://www.ohio.edu/cas/philosophy

Al Lent, contact person
lent@ohio.edu

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 the 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 work 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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