Why study religion/philosophy?

Religion/philosophy explores how the methods and concepts of philosophy assist in the examination of theology.

  • Combining philosophical theories with religion broadens students’ intellectual horizons and helps them question custom, prejudice and dogmatism.
  • Students think about life’s deepest religious questions and use philosophy to take positions and support them in respectful debate.
  • The department teaches from within the Christian tradition, while still questioning dogma and learning from others.
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Graduates pursue vocations as clergy, spiritual directors, mission workers, hospital chaplains, church music directors or camp coordinators. Religion/philosophy also prepares students for careers that require thinking, writing and communication skills, including education, law, government, communications and social services. 

Hands-On Learning

Internship opportunities include:

  • Greenpeace
  • Ministry of Foreign Affairs
  • Chaplaincy at Avera or Sanford Health
  • Bioethics at Sanford Health
  • Bible or book studies at Touchmark at All Saints Retirement Community

Service learning opportunities include:

  • Lutheran Social Services (LSS) mentoring
  • Good Shepherd Center
  • Prison ministries
  • The Banquet

Many religion/philosophy students choose to present their academic research at Augustana’s Arthur Olsen Student Research Symposium.

Religion/philosophy students study away in:

  • Germany and Scotland  — focusing on pilgrimage with AU faculty
  • Alaska — focusing on nature writing with AU faculty
  • Spain and Morocco — focusing on Arab, Christian and Jewish legacies with AU faculty

Courses & Organizations

Students can complement the religion major with studies in these areas:

  • Medical humanities & society (minor)
  • Environmental studies (major and minor)
  • Visual arts

Students in this major are required to complete a senior thesis.

Religion/philosophy students often participate in:

  • Campus Ministry
  • Better Together
  • Muslim Student Association
  • Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA)
  • Augie Worship Night