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Philosophy and Religious Studies are at the core of the liberal arts. Each concentration introduces students to the most profound and universal questions humans have asked and to their most thoughtful and enduring answers. 

See below for the course requirements for:

  • B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies with Philosophy Concentration

    B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies with Philosophy Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 36 Credits
    Elective Credits: 42 Credits

    Core Requirements: (18) 
    PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics or RS 115 Intro to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 3
    RS 120 Introduction to the Religions of Asia 3
    PHIL 322 Philosophy of Religion 3
    RS 346 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion 3
    PHIL/RS 420 Philosophy and Religious Studies Seminar                    3
    Select one of the following core courses:  (3)
    PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy 3
    PHIL 203 Medieval Philosophy 3
    PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy 3
    Concentration in Philosophy** (15)
    History of Philosophy
    (select at least one course from this category):
    PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy 3
    PHIL 203 Medieval Philosophy 3
    PHIL 211 American Philosophy 3
    PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy 3
    PHIL 307 Phenomenology 3
    PHIL 314 Women Philosophers of the Past 3
    PHIL 317 Existentialism 3
    PHIL 329 Indian Philosophy 3
    PHIL 333 19th-Century Philosophy 3
    PHIL 334 20th-Century Philosophy 3
    PHIL 401 Plato 3
    PHIL 403 Aristotle 3
    PHIL 407 Marx 3
    PHIL 410 Classic Philosophical Texts 3
    PHIL 425 Kierkegaard 3

    Topics in Philosophy
    (select at least two courses from this category):

    PHIL 109 Introduction to Logic  3
    PHIL 206 The Philosophy of Life, Death, and Dying 3
    PHIL 228 Science and Technological Issues and Philosophy        3
    PHIL 251 Aesthetics and Criticism 3
    PHIL 261 Political Philosophy 3
    PHIL 263 Contemporary Political Philosophy 3
    PHIL 268 Women, War and Peace 3
    PHIL 287 Philosophy of Law 3
    PHIL 306 Environmental Ethics 3
    PHIL 308 Epistemology 3
    PHIL 310 Philosophy of Art 3
    PHIL 320 Philosophy of Mathematics 3
    PHIL 325 Philosophy of Language 3
    PHIL 330 Metaphysics 3
    PHIL 331 Philosophy of Mind 3
    PHIL 332 Popular Culture and Philosophy 3
    PHIL 336 Philosophy and Film 3
    PHIL 337 Symbolic Logic 3
    PHIL 340 Ethics and Law 3
    PHIL 345 Value Theory 3
    PHIL 347 Contemporary Ethical Issues 3
    PHIL 357 Problems in Philosophy 3
    PHIL 408 Feminist Theories 3
    Total Credits: 36

    **To concentrate in Philosophy, students must take at least 3 credits from the History of Philosophy group and at least 6 credits in the Topics in Philosophy group. Three of the courses in the concentration must be at the 300/400 level.

  • B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies with Religious Studies Concentration

    B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies with Religious Studies Concentration

    General Education Requirements: 42 Credits
    Major and Concentration Requirements: 36 Credits
    Elective Credits: 42 Credits

     

    Core Requirements: (18) 
    PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy 3
    PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics or RS 115 Intro to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 3
    RS 120 Introduction to the Religions of Asia 3
    PHIL 322 Philosophy of Religion 3
    RS 346 Theory and Method in the Study of Religion 3
    PHIL/RS 420 Philosophy and Religious Studies Seminar                    3
    Select one of the following core courses:  (3)
    PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy 3
    PHIL 203 Medieval Philosophy 3
    PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy 3

    Concentration in Religious Studies**

    (15)
    Themes and Methods in Religious Studies
    (select at least one course from this category):
    RS 207 Religion and Psychology                                                          3
    RS 216 Religion and Sexuality 3
    RS 220 Religion & Politics 3
    RS 228 Religion & Gender 3
    RS 312 The Bible as Literature 3
    RS 315 Religion and Experience 3
    RS 318 Religion and Literature 3
    RS 333 Sociology of Religion 3
    RS 340 Comparative Religious Ethics 3
    RS 344 The Extremes of Religion 3
    RS 466 Religion and Social Justice 3
    Areas and Traditions in Religious Studies
    (select at least two courses from this category):
     
    RS 115 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam 3
    RS 200 World’s Major Religious Texts 3
    RS 225 The Hebrew Bible 3
    RS 226 The New Testament 3
    RS 320 Islam 3
    RS 321 Christianity 3
    RS 324 Mysticism: East and West 3
    RS 329 Indian Philosophy 3
    RS 332 Judaism 3
    RS 337 Buddhism 3
    RS 339 Hinduism 3
    RS 348 Islamic Ethics of War and Peace 3
    RS 350 Christian Ethics of War and Peace 3
    Total Credits: 36

     **Students must take at least 3 credits in the Themes and Methods group, and at least 6 credits in the Areas and Traditions group. Students must take at least 3 courses at the 300/400 level. Courses taken as part of the major core cannot count towards the concentration.

  • Minor in History

    Minor in History

    Total Credits: 18

    Required courses for the minor: (18)
    HIST 213 Historical Themes 3
    East Asian History course (HIST 232, HIST 237, HIST 238 or HIST 239) 3
    European History Course (HIST 216 or HIST 220)  3

    United States History Course (HIST 101, HIST 103, HIST 244, or HIST 246) 

    3

    Any two History classes at 300-level or above

    6
    Total Credits: 18
  • Minor in Law and Ethics

    Minor in Law and Ethics

    Total Credits: 18

    Core Required Courses  (9 credits) 
    PHIL 103: Introduction to Ethics 3
    PHIL 109: Introduction to Logic   3
    PS 106: Introduction to U.S. Politics 3

    Law in Context Electives
    (select one of the following courses)

     (3 credits)
    AIP 312: Great Trials of the Century (UP)
    AIP 314: The Criminal Mind (UP) 3
    AIP 336: The Politics of Abortion (UP)  3
    AIP 345: Civil Rights (REP, UP)  3
    EWL 322: Literature and Human Rights (IP, EP) 3
    EWL 331: Literature and Revolution (CP, IP) 3
    PS 324: Law, Government, and Politics in America (UP)  3
    PS 317: Money, Sex, and Power (UP)  3
    Law and Theory  Electives
    (select one of the following courses)
    (3 credits)
    AIP 318: Foundations of Anglo-American Law (CP, IP)  3
    PHIL 340: Ethics and Law (EP) 
    PHR 310: Theories of Human Rights                         3
    PS 402: American Constitutional Law (UP)  3
    Experiential Learning and Methods  Electives
    (select one of the following courses)
     (3 credits)
    ACCT 332: Forensic Accounting (EP)  3
    HIST/PHR 316: Archival Methods
    PHR/PS 333: Mock Trial 3
    PHR/PS/SOC 336: Playing Politics (EP, UP)  3
    PHR/PS/SOC 371: Research Methods in Social Sciences 3
    Internship 399/499 3
    These courses may be substituted for requirements
    in the minor in consultation with the Program Coordinator:
     
    BUS 303: Business Law II (EP, UP) 3
    COMM/JOUR 395: Media, Law, and Ethics (EP)  3
    IS/PS 315: International Law (IP)  3
    IS/PS 357: Human Rights in Comparative Perspective (IP)  3
    Total Credits: 18

     

  • Minor in Philosophy

    Minor in Philosophy

    Total Credits: 18

    Required Core Courses:  (9)
    PHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy                                                                     3
    PHIL 103 Introduction to Ethics 3
    Select one of the following courses  (3)
    PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy 3
    PHIL 203 Medieval Philosophy 3
    PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy 3
    Three Philosophy electives* (9)
    Total Credits: 18

    *Students must take a total of three classes at the 300 level or above.

  • Minor in Religious Studies

    Minor in Religious Studies

    Total Credits: 18

    Required Courses:  (9)
    RS 115 Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, and Islam                           3
    RS 120 Introduction to the Religions of Asia 3
    PHIL 322 Philosophy of Religion 3
    Select three Religious Studies electives, two of which must be at the
    300 level or above.
    9
    Total Credits: 18