School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion


School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion


Citizens of the world

Live a more meaningful life. Make an impact on the world. As a student in the School of Social Science, Philosophy & Religion (SSP&R), you will learn how to think critically, draw sound conclusions, weigh alternative methods and interpretations, communicate effectively and solve complex problems. Not only will you acquire skills that are valued by all employers, but you will also become a more socially responsible and engaged citizen.


Perform in-depth analyses of cases involving individuals who claim to have been wrongly convicted of crimes. Examine the belief systems of the world’s dominant religious traditions. Study the biological and cognitive effects of video game play. Undergraduate research will give you the opportunity to delve into your academic field, learn skills in problem solving and analytical reasoning, and help you to clarify your academic and career goals. Read more...


81% of BVU students who graduated with more than one major or at least one minor did so in 4 years or less

SSP&R programs complement many fields of study and will provide you with core and transferable skills that are applicable across a broad spectrum of industries and occupations. BVU students from all academic disciplines often enhance their studies by declaring a second major or a minor in the humanities and social sciences.


Work at the Smithsonian Institution. Research child anxiety disorders at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. Spend a semester interning at the White House or work for a member of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill. In SSP&R, you will have access to a wide range of internship opportunities that will allow you to apply academic theory and enhance your skills in the professional world. Read more...


Continue on to law school, graduate school, or the seminary. Work for the U.S. Department of Defense. Become a program director at a non-profit. SSP&R graduates have entered successful careers in a wide variety of fields and have been accepted to top-notch graduate programs and law schools across the U.S. Wherever your career takes you, you will develop the skills and intellectual foundations that are essential to success. Read more...