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, a field trip to the Creation Museum, 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 class discussions, readings, and films.
Fall: 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?
Spring: Religion 212: Genesis
(which fulfills the Ultimate Questions GER) introduces a close interpretation of Genesis through Jewish and Christian history, modern scholarship, and personal engagement. Explore questions around the structure of creation, the meaning of life, and the interaction between God and the world in mythic narratives.