Department of Philosophy and Religion
The Major in Philosophy
The objectives of the major in philosophy are (1) to develop skills of critical and analytical thinking, (2) to develop the skills for constructing and evaluating argumentative essays, (3) to develop a knowledge of major themes, problems and issues in the history of philosophical thought, (4) to develop a familiarity with the theoretical problems of contemporary ethics, theory of knowledge, and metaphysics.
Students who major in philosophy will be required to complete a minimum of thirty semester hours in philosophy, above core requirements, plus six hours of cognate electives to be selected in consultation with a department advisor. ENG 350 (Principles of Speech Communication) will be the speech requirement. Included in the thirty hours, students must take PHI 202, PHI 310, PHI 311, and PHI 312.
In addition to course requirements, majors in philosophy will be required to write a research paper during their senior year, under the direction of a member of the Department appointed by the Chairperson, and in accordance to the Department's regulations.
The Major in Religion
The objectives of the major in religion are (1) to develop an understanding of the world's religions as historical and cultural phenomena through the study of the various religious traditions, including their history, sacred texts, beliefs, rituals and institutions, and (2) to envelop an understanding of the fundamental role of religion in the life of individuals and of the human race.
Students who major in religion will be required to complete a minimum of thirty hours of religion above the core requirements, plus six hours of cognate electives to be selected in consultation with a departmental advisor. The speech requirement is ENG 350 (Effective College Communication). In these thirty hours, students must include REL 210, REL 211, REL 220-221, REL 300, PHI 410, and REL 400.
In addition to these requirements, majors in religion will be required to write a research paper in their senior year under the direction of a member of the Department appointed by the Chairperson, and in accordance with the Department's regulations.