Consider what it means to live a life of significance while answering critical questions such as "What gives my life meaning and direction?" and "What am I called to do and be?" Examine diverse perspectives of the ways individuals and communities have interpreted these ideas over time while determining how you can make a difference at Furman and in the world.
Spend your first year of college engaging in meaningful exploratory and reflective activities such as a
student retreat in the nearby mountains, a pilgrimage hike, meals and mentoring with faculty guests, and other unique opportunities. These events are sponsored by Furman's Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection and connect you with readings and class discussions.
Fall: Religion 125: Religions of the World
(which fulfills the World Cultures GER) presents you with the basic histories, theologies, beliefs, and practices of the five major religions of the World (Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, and Buddhism) and reflect on how adherents of these religions have found meaning and value in their stories, beliefs, rituals, and interaction with each other. We will also reflect on how adherents of these traditions have related to practitioners of other religious traditions.
Spring: FYW 1252: Finding Your Life Purpose
(which fulfills the first-year writing seminar graduation requirement)
guides you to explore what various individuals and communities have
thought about (and what you yourself think about) questions such as:
What is the purpose of life? What does it mean to live a life that
matters? In a life well lived, what is the role of work? Family?
Community? How do people discover their gifts, strengths, talents,
skills and passions, and what is the best way to use these? Writing instruction is a significant aspect of the course.