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Are there any forms or paperwork that needs to be done before graduation to receive credit for the minor in Philosophy or Religion?

Yes. You must get the signature of the Minor Advisor and Departmental Unit Head on the "Application for a Bachelor's Degree" form, available at the registrar's office. There are deadlines for when you must complete this in order to graduate on time. Click here to access the Registrar's site for more information

Can a course in another department that deals with the work of philosophers be used for the BA philosophy requirement?


Does GPHIL 101 (Introduction to Philosophy) GPHIL 120 (Critical Thinking), or GPHIL 150 (Ethical Reasoning) count toward the philosophy requirement for the BA?

GPHIL 101 does count, but GPHIL 120 and GPHIL 150 do not count toward the philosophy requirement for the BA.

Why isn't course "X", which is listed in the catalog, being offered? When will course X be offered next?

Generally speaking, the department can tell you what is being offered the following semester (or perhaps two semesters). Beyond this, you may contact the professor who last taught the course to see when he or she intends to offer it again..

What do I do if I am having a problem with a course or professor?

Your first step is to discuss the problem with the professor, by making an appointment to see him/her during their office hours. If the outcome of this meeting does not resolve the problem, you may then contact the head of the department.

I am majoring/minoring in philosophy/religion. Do I need to take another philosophy course (one not counted toward the major) for the BA requirement?


What is the process for departmental approval for graduation i.e. who signs the form?

Your adviser will sign the form first, after he/she has sat down with you,along with your transcripts, and confirmed that you have indeed fulfilled the requirements for the major/minor. After that, the department head signs the form.

What can I do with a major in philosophy/religion?

You will learn critical thinking, speaking, and writing skills that will prepare you for any number of careers. Our Philosophy and Religion graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers and professions, including law, psychology, pharmacology, business, social work, K-12 teaching, college teaching, the seminary, and employment in government agencies. For more information, see Why Study Philosophy?, Philosophy on the Web, and Why Study Religion?

Who decides whether a course that I took at XXX can substitute for a general education requirement?

The general education coordinators, who sometimes contact the department head for approval

Who approves courses to be taken at other universities?

The department head in conjunction with the relevant faculty in the area in question.

Who approves courses to be taken internationally?

The department head in conjunction with the relevant faculty in the area in question.

How do I declare a major/minor in philosophy/interdisciplinary religion?

Many students find it helpful to speak both to individual professors and to the department head about their interest in the major and about the details of the program. Once the decision to declare the major is made, you will fill out a "Declaration/Change of Major" form. There is a large supply of these in the Philosophy and Religion office (Cleveland 113). The department secretary will then send this form to the the Registrar's office and assign you a faculty advisor.

What courses are offered on line?

Most of the department's online courses are offered in the summer. These include GREL 101 Religions of the World, GPHIL 101 Introduction to Philosophy, GPHIL 120 Critical Thinking, and GPHIL 150 Ethical Reasoning.

Are there any courses that I can test out of?


What courses will be offered in the summer?

Click here to access the JMU summer school website

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