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.
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  Any 200-level religion course ____ 15________
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
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)  Courses from another discipline chosen in 12 conference with the adviser ____ 36
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  ____ 18________
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
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
Credit Freshman Year Hours Core courses in major 6 Foreign language courses  6-8 Liberal studies courses 16-18 ____ 30________
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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