Philosophy B.A. (Religious Studies Concentration)

Degree Requirements: 126 Credit Hours

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.

Credit Hours
Area A1 - Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum6
Area A2 - Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum3
Area B - Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum4
Area C - Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum6
Area D - Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum11
Area E - Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum12
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Foreign Language - through 20020-6
Select 6-9 credit hours from the following:6-9
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Introduction to Religion
Select 3-12 credit hours from the following:3-12
Introduction to Anthropology
General Biology
and General Biology Laboratory
Environmental Biology
and Environmental Biology Laboratory
Introduction to International Studies
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH   1520Healthful Living2
Physical Education Activities2
FYE   1220First-Year Seminar2
Major Requirements
Specific Requirements:
RELS   4890Seminar in Religious Studies3
Select 3-6 credit hours from the following:3-6
Ancient Philosophy
Modern Philosophy
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following:3-9
Philosophy of Religion
Asian Religious Philosophy
Select 12-21 credit hours from the following:12-21
The Bible as Literature
History of Religion in the U.S.
The Early Church
The History of Islam in Southeast Asia
The Muslim World to Tamerlane
The Muslim World Since Genghis Khan
Late Antiquity
Christian Europe 450-1750
The Reformation
Contemporary Moral Problems
Nineteenth Century European Philosophy
Feminist Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind
Psychology of Religion
Humanistic and Transpersonal Psychology
Selected Topics
World Religions
Introduction to Asian Religions
Introduction to Hinduism
Introduction to Global Islam
Introduction to Christianity
Introduction to Buddhism
Religion, Sex, and Gender
The Hebrew Prophets
Introduction to the Hebrew Bible
Introduction to the New Testament
Religion and Politics
Honors Research Seminar
Select 15 credit hours of Electives15
Minor - Required
Select 15 credit hours of Minor (Must be approved by advisor)15
Total Credit Hours126

Program Admission Criteria

  • Majors must acquire from their advisors a copy of “Requirements for the Major in Philosophy.”

Other Program Requirements

  • Must have earned a minimum grade of “C” in each of the required courses in Philosophy upper division.

Honors in Philosophy

To graduate with Honors in Philosophy, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar (UHON   4191) over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.