Major Philosophy and Religious Studies: 36 Credits

General Education: 42 Credits
Major: 36 Credits
Elective Credits: 42 Credits


Core Requirements:  
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
One of the following:  
PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy 3
PHIL 203 Medieval Philosophy 3
PHIL 305 Modern Philosophy 3
Total Credits 21

The remaining 15 credits should be earned by completing one of the following concentrations:

  • Philosophy Concentration

    Concentrating in Philosophy

    To concentrate in Philosophy, students must take the major core requirements, along with 15 more credits (five courses), 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.


    History of Philosophy:  
    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:  
    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 15


  • Religious Studies Concentration

    Concentrating in Religious Studies

    To concentrate in Religious Studies, students must take the major core requirements, along with 15 more credits (five courses), at least 3 credits in the Themes and Methods group, and at least 6 credits in the Area and Traditions group. Three of the courses in the concentration must be at the 300/400 level.


    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.

    Themes and Methods in Religious Studies  
    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  
    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 15

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  • <span class="lw_profiles_image" style="float: left;"><span class="lw_item_thumb"><a href="/live/profiles/2076-emily-inman-17"><img src="/live/image/gid/102/width/215/src_region/0,416,779,1196/15814_emily_inman.rev.1500911668.jpg" alt="Emily Inman ’17" title="Emily Inman ’17" class="lw_image" width="215"/></a></span></span><div class="lw_profiles_103 styled-link"><p> “The words for Emily were relatively easy to choose, given her passion for life, literature, and learning. Dante, from Canto 27 of <em>Purgatorio</em> in the <em>Divine Comedy</em>, offers some of the best parting words ever from a teacher to a student: “[We the faculty have] brought you here through intellect and art;/from now on, let your pleasure be your guide;/you’re past the steep and narrow paths…. Await no further word or sign from [us]:/your will is free, right, and whole—to act/against that will would be to err: therefore/[we] crown and miter you over yourself.”</p><p> -Dr. Bradley Herling</p></div><div class="lw_profiles_name"><a href="/live/profiles/2076-emily-inman-17">Emily Inman ’17</a></div><div class="lw_profiles_104"><p> Class of 2017, Double-Major in <a href="/departments/history-philosophy-and-religious-studies/">Philosophy</a> and <a href="/departments/english/">English and World Literatures</a></p></div>
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