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Department of Philosophy and Religion

Dr. Sallie B. King, Department Head

See page 5 for information regarding curricular changes.


Professors

O'Meara, W. Thomas, Wiles

Associate Professors

Flage, S. King, Lippke

Assistant Professor

Edelman

The department offers a combined major in philosophy and religion with a concentration in either philosophy or religion. Minors are offered in either. The major leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree, unless philosophy and religion is elected as a second major within a Bachelor of Science degree program. The department also offers a pre-theology program designed for students who plan to enter professional schools of theology after graduating from the university. Refer to page 167.

Students completing a major in the department are expected to know the following: the major philosophic and religious thinkers; and movements, problems, writings, concepts and terms in the history of philosophy and religious studies. The methods philosophers, theologians and scholars of religious traditions employ are also part of the department's instruction in the major. Students in the department acquire the following fundamental skills: the ability to think critically and rigorously; increased capabilities for problem solving and analyzing arguments; and the ability to express one's views clearly and concisely, orally and in writing.

Career opportunities for philosophy and religion majors concentrating in philosophy are enhanced by completing additional course work in areas such as mathematics or computer science; business administration, communication, and public administration; or political science.

For a departmental major graduating with a concentration in religion, prospects are diverse, whether directly connected with religious service or in the human services fields, when studies in religion are combined with work in other areas such as psychology, sociology or social work.

A study of the philosophical and religious traditions of other societies can be combined with work in history, political science, geography or foreign languages to provide a foundation for careers in the international arena.

The major consists of 36 hours. With the exception of the option in philosophy with an interdisciplinary focus (described below), the hours are divided into 15 hours of core courses and 21 hours in one of the two concentrations.

NOTE: If taken as a first major, the philosophy and religion major leads to the B.A. degree, which calls for the completion of a foreign language requirement.

All Majors [1]

Core Courses


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy                   3
PHIL 250. Introductory Logic                           3
PHIL 337. Plato and the Pre-Socratics                  3
REL 101. Religions of the World                        3
Choose one of the following                            3
  REL 300. Religion and the Contemporary World [2]
  Any 200-level religion course
                                                    ____
                                                      15
________
Notes:
[1]
Except option in philosophy with an interdisciplinary focus.
[2]
A student may not also use this course to satisfy one of the religion concentration requirements.

Concentration in Philosophy


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
PHIL 330. Moral Theory                                 3
PHIL 338. Aristotle and His Contemporaries             3
PHIL 341. Modern Philosophy                            3
PHIL 475. Major Thinkers and Issues in                 3
  Philosophy
Electives in philosophy at the 300 level               9
  or above
                                                    ____
                                                      21

Philosophy with an
Interdisciplinary Focus

This option is designed for students who want to concentrate in philosophy but also apply philosophical ideas to work in other departments. Twelve hours of course work from a different but related discipline are part of the major requirements of this option. The core courses are limited to philosophy so that, despite the fewer hours taken within the department, a student electing the interdisciplinary option would still receive a solid grounding for graduate study in applied philosophy. This would also be a useful option for students with well defined interests in another field, such as political science or psychology.

                                                  Credit
Core Courses                                       Hours
PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy                   3
Choose one of the following:                           3
  PHIL 250. Introduction to Logic
  PHIL 300. Reasoning: Methods and Problems
Choose one of the following:                           3
  PHIL 337. Plato and the Pre-Socratics
  PHIL 338. Aristotle and His Contemporaries
PHIL 341. Modern Philosophy                            3
Additional philosophy courses chosen in               12
  conference with the adviser 
  (300 level or above) [1]
Courses from another discipline chosen in             12
  conference with the adviser
                                                    ____
                                                      36

Minor in Philosophy


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
PHIL 101. Introduction to Philosophy                   3
Choose one of the following:                           3
  PHIL 337. Plato and the Pre-Socratics
  PHIL 338. Aristotle and His Contemporaries
PHIL 341. Modern Philosophy                            3
Three electives, at least two of which must be         9
  above PHIL 300 [2]
                                                    ____
                                                      18
________
Notes:
[1]
Excluding PHIL 300, Reasoning: Methods and Problems.
[2]
It is strongly recommended that at least one of the electives be a 400-level course.

Concentration in Religion


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
REL 380. Regional Studies in the Religions of          3
  the World
Choose one of the following:                           3
  REL 201. Introduction to the Literature and 
    Religion of the Old Testament
  REL 202. Introduction to the Literature and 
    Religion of the New Testament
REL 450. Major Religious Issues and Thinkers           3
Upper-level electives in religion                     12
                                                    ____
                                                      21

Minor in Religion


                                                  Credit
                                                   Hours
Choose one of the following                            3
  REL 101. Religions of the World
  REL 200. Exploring Religion
Choose one of the following:                           3
  REL 201. Introduction to the Literature and 
    Religion of the Old Testament
  REL 202. Introduction to the Literature and 
    Religion of the New Testament
REL 380. Regional Studies in the Religions             3
  of the World
Three electives at the 300 level or above              9
                                                    ____
                                                      18

Philosophy and Religion Major (B.A. Degree)

This is a sample four-year outline. The actual courses and sequence a student takes may vary.

                                                  Credit
Freshman Year                                      Hours
Core courses in major                                  6
Foreign language courses [1]                         6-8
Liberal studies courses                            16-18
                                                    ____
                                                      30
________
Notes:
[1]
Students are advised to adjust liberal studies load to foreign language load to achieve 30 hours total

                                                  Credit
Sophomore Year                                     Hours
Core courses in major                                  6
Choose from the following:                             6
  Foreign language courses
  Electives
Liberal studies courses                               18
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Junior Year                                        Hours
Concentration requirements and electives in           12
  philosophy or religion
Electives (may be outside of major)                   12
Liberal studies courses                                6
                                                    ____
                                                      30

                                                  Credit
Senior Year                                        Hours
Concentration requirements and electives in           12
  philosophy or religion
Electives (may be outside of major)                   18
                                                    ____
                                                      30


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