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 111: The Bible and Ultimate Meaning
(which fulfills the Ultimate Questions GER) allows you to engage the biblical tradition in order to raise the deepest questions that have been explored within the humanistic disciplines: "Who are we?;" "How did we get here?;" "What are our ethical and religious obligations to the world and to each other?;" "How can we make sense of things that happen, from the suffering of the innocent to the threat of war and environmental degradation?;" and "What are the barriers to gender, racial, and social justice, and to inter-religious understanding?" By examining the diversity of biblical texts within their historical context and through the history of their interpretation with Christian and Jewish tradition, you will be challenged to ask what really matters, and why.
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?