department of philosophy

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Philosophy Major with Religious Studies Emphasis

Bachelor of Arts Degree

Overview

Religion has been a significant force in human affairs for thousands of years. For this reason alone religion deserves to be studied by all who wish to have a well-rounded knowledge of human culture and history. Many current political disputes also have a religious component. The study of religion adds a key piece for understanding these disputes and finding potential solutions. There is also a growing interest on the part of many students in learning about the world’s diverse religious traditions. For these reasons we now offer a major in philosophy but with a religious studies emphasis. This is most appropriate for students interested in attending seminary or pursuing a graduate degree in religious studies.

NOTE: THIS TRACK IS NOT FOR THOSE WHO MAY WANT TO DO GRADUATE STUDY IN PHILOSOPHY. THOSE STUDENTS SHOULD PURSUE THE REGULAR B.A. IN PHILOSOPHY.

Curriculum

PHL/RLS track students must complete a minimum of 37 credits (maximum of 48). They must take seven philosophy courses including: PHL 101 (Critical Thinking) or PHL 205 (Philosophical Topics); PHL 212 (Ethics); PHL 321 (Ancient Philosophy); PHL 323 (Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant); PHL 328 (Philosophy of Religion); PHL 341 (Introduction to Metaphysics) or PHL 346 (Existential Problems in Human Life); and PHL 490 (Senior Seminar in Philosophy). They must also take five religious studies courses including: RLS 111 (Judaism, Christianity, and Islam); RLS 131 (Introduction to Asian Philosophies and Religions); RLS 226 (Christian Thought: Agreements and Differences); PSC/RLS 221 (Islam and its Civilization); and one of the following: either PHL 331 (East Asian Thought) or PHL 421/PSC 421 (Secularism and Islamism in the Modern World.) At least 18 credits must be at the 300 level or above.

A total of 120 credits is required for graduation. At least 42 of which must be at the 300 level or above.

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