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Philosophy and Religion (B.A.)

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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 102Philosophy 101For Philosophy, also recommended for Religion
PHIL 250PHI 112No equivalentFor Philosophy
REL 200, 201, or 202REL 100 or REL 200 or REL 207 or REL 210 or REL 215Religion 219 or 220For Philosophy
PHIL 270PHI 220 or PHI 226Philosophy 203For Philosophy
PHIL 262PHI 225 or PHI 227No equivalent For Philosophy
REL 101REL 230 or REL 231Religion 209For 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. PHIR is a B.A. degree only, which 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. Students are strongly encouraged to begin their foreign language at the community college.

For more information:

Major Snapshot
Department of Philosophy and Religion
JMU Major Guides for Virginia Community College Students