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Philosophy and Religion

The Philosophy and Religion major and minors train you in the art and practice of asking fundamental questions. You'll acquire excellence in critical thought, clarity of expression, and the skill of listening to others.

What you’ll study

You'll study the span of human wisdom: from the first Christians, the Buddha and the ancient, to the meaning of modern neuroscience and twenty-first century feminism and political philosophy.

Practical Experience

The philosophy and religion program gives you unique preparation for a variety of career paths. Majors nationally score highly on LSAT, GMAT and GRE post-college tests, preparing them for, e.g., law, administration, business careers, the para-professions, communications, and human services. In addition, the program provides a good background for a number of church-related vocations, including counseling, youth ministry, and Christian education.

What's Next?

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Awakening the Spirit in the Nation's Oldest City

With Dr. Timothy Johnson

Professor of Religion

Major Requirements

The Philosophy and Religion major will take a minimum of 36 semester hours in philosophy or religion courses, opting for one of the following:

  1. concentration in Religion; at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in religion, including REL 470, to be taken in the senior year;
  2. concentration in Philosophy; at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in philosophy, including PHI 470 to be taken in the senior year; or
  3. equal concentration in Philosophy and Religion, including either REL 470 or PHI 470.

 

Philosophy and Religion Major

Required Courses
9 Credit Hours
PHI/REL
317
Philosophy of Religion
REL
111
World Religions
PHI
103
Introduction to Philosophy I
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3 Credit Hours
PHI
208WI
Ethical Controversies
PHI
223
Logic I: Critical Thinking
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3 Credit Hours
REL
101
Introduction to the Old Testament
REL
102
Introduction to the New Testament
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Concentration in Religion
Must take at least 24 of the 36 semester hours in religion, including REL 470 (to be taken in the senior year). 18 credits must be from upper level courses, with at least nine hours at the 400 level.
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Concentration in Philosophy
Must take at least 24 of the 36 hours in philosophy, including PHI/REL 470 (to be taken in the senior year). 18 credits must be from upper level courses, with at least nine hours at the 400 level.
REQUIRED COURSES
PHI
208WI
Ethical Controversies
PHI
223
Logic I: Critical Thinking
PHI
331
History of Ancient Philosophy
or PHI
333
History of Modern Philosophy
PHI
410
Metaphysics
PHI
470
Senior Seminar or equivalent designated by the Department Chair
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Minor Requirements

Philosophy Minor Requirements
18 Credit Hours
PHI
103WI
Introduction to Philosophy I
PHI
208WI
Ethical Controversies
PHI
223
Logic I: Critical Thinking
at least nine semester hours of credit of philosophy courses at the 300 or 400 level
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Religion Minor Requirements
18 Credit Hours
REL
101
Introduction to the Old Testament
REL
102
Introduction to the New Testament
REL
111
World Religions
At least nine semester hours of credit in religion courses above the 200 level, including three hours at the 400 level.
Note: REL 212WI and REL 317 are recommended.
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