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Philosophy and Religion (B.A., B.S.)

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Concentrations: Philosophy, Interdisciplinary Philosophy, Religion, Interdisciplinary Religion. See course notes for recommendations by concentration.

Major requirements and their VCCS equivalents (and RBC equivalents if applicable)

JMU CourseVCCS CourseRBC CourseNotes
PHIL 101PHI 100 or PHI 101 or PHI 102 or PHI 200 or PHI 211 or PHI 212PHIL 101Not required for Philosophy, but serves as a prerequisite for some upper-division PHIL courses. 
PHIL 218PHI 265No equivalentFor Interdisciplinary Philosophy and Religion
PHIL 250PHI 112No equivalentFor Philosophy
PHIL 262PHI 225 or PHI 227No equivalent For Philosophy
REL 101REL 230 or REL 231 and 232REL 209For Religion
REL 201REL 200REL 219 For Religion
REL 202REL 210 or REL 215REL 220For Religion
REL 305REL 233No equivalentFor Religion
REL 340REL 246 or 247No equivalentFor Religion

Advising Notes

Please Read: This major guide is a list of all possible major courses offered in the Virginia Community College System. Not all courses may be offered at your community college, and you are not required to complete all these courses in order to transfer. Rather, it’s designed to help you meet JMU major requirements before you transfer, and be better prepared to progress through the major once you arrive at JMU. Please be sure to read the advising notes for additional information on the major.

1. Most students will be able to finish the major in two years.
2. The B.A. degree requires intermediate proficiency in a foreign language and a philosophy course. The philosophy requirement can double-count with major requirements, so philosophy majors will automatically meet it by following the major. Religion majors may need to take one extra philosophy course, depending on courses transferred. Please note that JMU does not grant transfer credit for the 101-102 levels of a foreign language that a student studied for two or more years in high school.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Philosophy and Religion     
Career Guide to JMU Majors: Philosophy and Religion
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students