Philosophy and Religion (AA.LA.PHIL)
Bergen Community College
Bergen Community College offers an Associate of Art degree in Philosophy and Religion for students who are interested in developing an understanding of religion’s societal, global, and personal significance as well as its impact to human history. Students will develop an understanding of religions from diverse backgrounds in cultures and develop understanding of leadership, research, problem solving, and rhetoric. Students will learn about philosophical issues and logic and how they relate to issues relating to sociology and religion.
The program consists of classroom courses which emphasize real-world education through examination of cases and education which will be applicable on the job. Those classes include introduction to philosophy, oral communications, contemporary moral issues, basic logic, topics in philosophy, professional ethics, religions of the world, woman and religion, the Christian scriptures, the Hebrew Scriptures, the Islamic scriptures, intermediate logic, social and political philosophy, and introduction to religion.
Through completion of the program, students will have demonstrated the professionalism and skill necessary to earn the degree. The qualifications demonstrate that the student has been able to apply the principles they have learned in the program into their eventual development as a functional affective professional in their field. These qualifications include but are not limited to the ability to demonstrate familiarity with the major concepts, traditions, and history of religions, to understand the cultural impact of religion on society, to develop an understanding of comparative religion, and to understand human roles in religious studies.
Degree Level: Associate
Delivery Format: 100% Online
Accreditation & Licensing
Middle States Commission on Higher Education
In the 1960s, community members of Bergen County, New Jersey, worked to establish a higher learning facility to serve the needs of local students. In 1965, Bergen Community College was officially established and construction began. The first students enrolled in the fall of 1968. Since its founding, Bergen Community College continues to accommodate growing educational needs of the region. Today, Bergen Community College maintains the main campus at Paramus, along with additional branches at Hackensack and Lyndhurst.
Bergen Community College awards associate’s degrees and certificate programs. The associate's degrees provide students with the opportunity to transfer into four-year institutions. In order to meet the needs of students with multiple demands and time constraints, Bergen Community College offers distance learning. Classes are conducted online or through a hybrid format, and students have access to support services, such as online tutoring and the online library database. All classes meet the same standards as on-campus counterparts. Online classes feature asynchronous learning complete with tests, writing assignments, reading, discussions and other homework. At times, students may be required to complete proctored exams. Bergen Community College also offers complete online degree and certificate programs.
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