The major is a part of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.
Students majoring in Philosophy and Religion may choose one of four concentrations: either philosophy (B.A. or B.S.), religion (B.A. only), interdisciplinary philosophy (B.A. or B.S.) or interdisciplinary religion (B.A. only).
The philosophy concentration focuses on major figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. Students will study problems arising in contemporary movements such as analytic philosophy, existentialism and American philosophy; students will be introduced to the major subdivisions of philosophy, including logic, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy and law, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion.
The religion concentration focuses on the major religious traditions of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; their expression in cultural and social practices; and particular cultural and religious traditions. Topic areas in the study of religion include eastern religions, western religions, Biblical studies, ethics, religion and society, and religious thought and theology. Connections are made between religion and other areas of knowledge, such as literature, politics, history, and the arts. Students will assess the role religion plays in contemporary social and political contexts, American and global.
The interdisciplinary philosophy concentration is designed for students who want to concentrate in philosophy but also apply philosophical ideas to work in other departments.
The interdisciplinary religion concentration is designed for students who want to concentrate in religion but also integrate their work in religion with work in another, complementary disciplinary area.
Global Religions and Global Issues
Declaring the Major
New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Philosophy and Religion major when they register for orientation.
Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the Philosophy and Religion department in Cleveland Hall, Room 112.
Progressing in the Major
Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0