Saturday, April 10, 2010

BS in Religion

Liberty University has this ad up on FaceBook.

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I have already been given plenty of BS in religion already. Thank you very much.

11 comments:

ethinethin said...

A bachelor of science in religion? That's sickening. I wonder what the labs are like... prayer lab, apologetics lab, evangelism lab...

Robert Madewell said...

I was wondering where the science part comes in, too. But, I couldn't pass up the opportunity to use the other meaning of BS.

Liberty University is accredited, isn't it? Some christian colleges aren't. If you're not accredited, you can make up any kind of degree that you want to. An unaccredited degree is worth about as much as the paper it's printed on.

ethinethin said...

Liberty is accredited... but not their online courses. So the online BS in science isn't worth the (printer) paper it's printed on. Why do they call it a degree in "religion" anyway? I highly doubt it focuses on any religions beyond christianity.

Robert Madewell said...

If the course was accredited, they probably wouldn't be able to use the Bachelor of Science. Why does it have to be a BS, anyways? I'd think a degree on religion would fall under a Bachelor of Arts, instead.

ethinethin said...

I have a friend who has a Master of Science degree in something like information literacy (which isn't a science). Some schools have programs for B.Sc.'s in Literature, etc. And there are schools that give B.A.'s in science fields.

I've never understood the B.Sc. for non-science fields, so I can't really explain that distinction. I know the B.A. in a science field is generally less intensive than the B.Sc. Less focus and lab work, more general work. Something someone would get to go off and be an elementary school science teacher.

Maybe a B.Sc. in theology is more intensive and designed for students intending to eventually become theology professors... or at least continue their studies at grad school. Honestly, though, I can't imagine any study in christianity could be very intensive... compared to other fields at any rate.

GCT said...

Hey, it can be hard work coming up with new apologetics to excuse things like genocide, priestly rape, bigotry towards gays, sexism, etc.

Robert Madewell said...

Actually, christian colleges are notorious for being way too hard on students. The curriculum is not the hard part. Students are expected to life monastic lifestyles and are encouraged to rat out students that aren't living up to a True Christian™ expectation.

Students are often expelled for things we'd think silly, like walking on the sidewalk in front of the women's dorm (Link Here p.17) or accidentally driving to the wrong beach (Link Here).

Just think most christian colleges were unaccredited until just recently. All that hard work and money for a degree that won't qualify you to be a teacher at a public school. (PCC is still unaccredited.)

Lorena said...

How sheltered & naive can these people be that they ignore the other meaning of BS?

When I was a Christian, I displayed such naive, in-the-box behaviour, and it earned me a lot of bullying in the workplace, because people thought I was stupid for not knowing stuff like that.

When you spend all your time studying the Bible and forget to live, that's what happens: you become Bible smart instead of street smart.

ethinethin said...

"How sheltered & naive can these people be that they ignore the other meaning of BS?"

To be fair, that's the most widely used abbreviation for Bachelor of Science. It is amusing that it also stands for a pejorative, but they more than willing to say that degrees in evolutionary biology are BS.

ethinethin said...

Sorry,

*but they [fundies] would be more than willing

Lorena said...

Hmmm.... I always use B.Sc on my resume.

I've never seen BS by itself. It may be an American thing.