2020-2021 Catalog

Major: Philosophy and Religious Studies, B.A. (1599.10), 36 Credits

General Education: 42 Credits; Major: 36 Credits; Elective Credits: 42 Credits

Learning Goals for the Major in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Upon completing the Philosophy and Religious Studies major, students will be able to:

  • Identify (in speaking and writing) concerns at the heart of human experience, especially those pertaining to the fundamental nature of reality, knowledge, and values;
  • Investigate, understand, and articulate (in speaking and writing)the way great thinkers and religious communities have addressed these issues throughout history;
  • Explain (in speaking and writing) the nature and function of religion in individual life and human society, and historical and contemporary differences and similarities between religious systems;
  • Respond to and evaluate (in speaking and writing) these concerns themselves, building on a firm foundation of cultural literacy, analytic method, and critical intelligence.

Core Requirements (15 credits)

PHIL 101Introduction to Philosophy

3

PHIL 322Philosophy of Religion

3

PHIL 420/RS 420Philosophy and Religious Studies Seminar

3

RS 120 Introduction to the Religions of Asia

3

RS 346Theory and Method in the Study of Religion

3

One of the following: (3 credits)

PHIL 103Introduction to Ethics

3

RS 115Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, & Islam

3

One of the following: (3 credits)

PHIL 201Ancient Philosophy

3

PHIL 203Medieval Philosophy

3

PHIL 305Modern Philosophy

3

The remaining 15 credits should be earned by completing one of the following concentrations:

Philosophy Concentration (15 Credits)

Students must take at least 3 credits in the History of Philosophy group, and at least 6 credits in the Topics in Philosophy group. Students must take at least 3 courses at the 300/400 level. Classes taken as part of the major’s core requirement cannot count for the History of Philosophy requirement.

History of Philosophy (3-9 credits)
PHIL 201Ancient Philosophy

3

PHIL 203Medieval Philosophy

3

PHIL 211Introduction to American Philosophy

3

PHIL 305Modern Philosophy

3

PHIL 307Phenomenology

3

PHIL 317Existentialism

3

PHIL 329/RS 329Indian Philosophy

3

PHIL 33319tH-Century Philosophy

3

PHIL 33420TH CENTURY PHILOSOPHY

PHIL 401Plato

3

PHIL 403Aristotle

3

PHIL 407Marx

3

PHIL 410CLASSIC PHILOSOHICAL TEXTS

Topics in Philosophy (6-12 credits)
PHIL 109Introduction to Logic

3

PHIL 206The Philosophy of Life, Death, and Dying

3

PHIL 251/ART 291Aesthetics and Criticism

3

PHIL 261Political Philosophy

3

PHIL 287Philosophy of Law

3

PHIL 306/ENV 306Environmental Ethics

3

PHIL 308Epistemology

3

PHIL 310Philosophy of Art 

3

PHIL 320Philosophy of Mathematics

3

PHIL 324Business Ethics

3

PHIL 325Philosophical Issues in Language

3

PHIL 330Metaphysics

3

PHIL 331Philosophy of Mind

3

PHIL 332Popular Culture and Philosophy

3

PHIL 336Philosophy and Film

3

PHIL 340Ethics and Law

3

PHIL 345VALUE THEORY

PHIL 347Contemporary Ethical Issues

3

PHIL 408Feminist Theories

3

Religious Studies Concentration (15 Credits)

Students must take at least 3 credits in the Themes and Methods group, and at least 6 credits in the Areas and Traditions group. Students must take at least 3 courses at the 300/400 level. Courses taken as part of the major core cannot count toward the concentration.

Themes and Methods in Religious Studies (3-9 credits)
RS 207/PSYCH 207Religion and Psychology

3

RS 216/GSS 216Religion and Sexuality

3

RS 220Religion and Politics

3

RS 228Religion and Gender

3

RS 312/EWL 312The Bible as Literature

3

RS 315Religion and Experience

3

RS 318/EWL 318Religion and Literature

3

RS 333/SOC 333Sociology of Religion

3

RS 340Comparative Religious Ethics

3

RS 344The Extremes of Religion

3

RS 352Religion and Social Justice

3

Areas and Traditions in Religious Studies (6-12 credits)
RS 115Introduction to Judaism, Christianity, & Islam

3

RS 200World’s Major Religious Texts

3

RS 225The Hebrew Bible

3

RS 226The New Testament

3

RS 320Islam

3

RS 321Christianity

3

RS 324Mysticism: East and West

3

RS 326Religion, Race, and Ethnicity 

3

RS 329/PHIL 329Indian Philosophy

3

RS 332Judaism

3

RS 337Buddhism

3

RS 339Hinduism

3

RS 342/EWL 342Dante's Divine Comedy

3