Philosophy B.A. (Concentration in Religious Studies)

Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours

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

Credit Hours
General Requirements (Core Areas A - E)42
Additional Requirements4
Area F - Courses Appropriate to Major
Foreign Language - through 20020-6
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following:3-9
Critical Thinking
Introduction to Philosophy
Introduction to Ethics
Select 0 (if taken in core) -3 credit hours from the following:0-3
World Religions
Introduction to Religious Studies
Select 3-12 credit hours from the following:3-12
Introduction to Anthropology
Environmental Biology
and Environmental Biology Laboratory
Introduction to International Studies
Introduction to Political Science
Introduction to Psychology
Introduction to Sociology
Major Requirements (30 credit hours @ the 3000 level or above)
Specific Requirements:
RELS   4890Seminar in Religious Studies 13
Ancient and Modern Philosophy
Select 3-6 credit hours from the following:3-6
Ancient Philosophy
Early Modern Philosophy: Rationalism and Empiricism
Philosophy of Religion
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following:3-9
Philosophy of Religion
Asian Religious Philosophy
Electives in the Major
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
Christian Europe 450-1750
Science and Religion
The Reformation
Honors Research Seminar
Medieval Philosophy
Nineteenth Century Philosophy
Contemporary Moral Problems
Feminist Philosophy
Philosophy of Mind
Psychology of Religion
Selected Topics
Introduction to Asian Religions
Introduction to Hinduism
Introduction to 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
Special Topics in Religious Studies
Sociology of Religion
Electives 2
Select 15 credit hours of Electives15
Minor - Required 2
Select 15 credit hours of Minor (Must be approved by advisor)15
Total Credit Hours124

Program Admission Criteria

  • Majors must acquire from their advisors a copy of “Requirements for the Major in Philosophy (Religious Studies Concentration).”

Other Program Requirements

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

Honors in Philosophy (Religious Studies Concentration) 

To graduate with Honors in Philosophy (Religious Studies Concentration), a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors Program;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of HONS 4610 Honors Research Seminar 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.


All Philosophy majors, including students in the UHP, are advised by an advisor in the Newton Building, (912) 478-0233.