Religion & Philosophy

The first universities began for the purpose of studying religion or theology. Since that time, the study of these disciplines has been at the heart of higher education around the globe. At Friends University, our approach is to provide undergraduate students with a variety of experiences while asking the important questions: Who are we? Why do we think like we do? How can we understand our current situation in light of our history?

Study within the field of religion & philosophy indeed sounds theoretical. However, our approach is highly practical. From courses that develop spiritual disciplines or introduce you to the contents of the Old and New Testaments, to those that ask ethical questions of right and wrong, to our internship courses in youth ministry, we are geared toward making the study of religion and philosophy applicable to your life today.

A degree in Religion & Philosophy will prepare you to succeed in graduate school studies for a professional degree from your denominational seminary, or to pursue graduate study in other areas. Religion & philosophy majors also may elect to have a concentration in youth ministry. The youth ministry curriculum will get you acquainted with various ministry settings and can prepare you for working in a church or youth-focused ministry even while you are in college.

Program Outcomes

  • Demonstrate responsible insights from scripture, doctrine and ethics.
  • Reflect on the importance of character in the Christian life.
  • Learn how to nurture your ongoing spiritual formation in at least three of the five main spiritual disciplines (prayer, solitude, Bible reading, worship and service)

Areas of Potential Employment

  • Ministry
  • Teaching
  • Writing
  • Research

View religion and philosophy courses.



Dr. Jeremy Gallegos

  • Associate Professor Philosophy/Ethics; Division Chair Religion & Humanities; General Education Assessment Coordinator
  • B.A., Wichita State University; M.A., Purdue University; Ph.D., Purdue University

Dr. Stan Harstine

  • Professor of Religion
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.S., Kansas State University; M.Div., Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary; Ph.D., Baylor University

Dr. Chris Kettler

  • Professor of Theology and Philosophy; Program Director of Master of Arts in Christian Ministries
  • B.A., Friends University; M.A., M. Div., Ph.D., Fuller Theological Seminary

Dr. Jim Smith

  • Associate Professor of Religion; Executive Director of the Apprentice Institute for Christian Spiritual Formation
  • Religion and Humanities
  • B.A., Friends University; M.Div., Yale University Divinity School; D.Min., Fuller Theological Seminary