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Major in Religion and Philosophy

The Religion and Philosophy Major is both structured and flexible to permit students to focus in a particular area of interest. Students must earn a grade of C or better in all departmental requirements, which include a shared core of twelve courses as well as three elective courses and a senior project course in the area of concentration, for a total of 48 semester hours. 

For all religion and philosophy majors, the required departmental courses are:

  • Religion 225 Introduction to Religion
  • Religion 234 World Religions
  • Religion 238 Survey of Old Testament
  • Religion 239 Survey of New Testament
  • Religion 290 African American Religion
  • Religion 300 History of Christianity
  • Philosophy 240 Introduction to Philosophy
  • Philosophy 255 Logic and Thinking
  • Philosophy 285 African American Philosophy
  • Philosophy 343 Contemporary Philosophy
  • Philosophy 363 Contemporary Political and Social Philosophy
  • Religion/Philosophy 498 Research Methods
  • Religion/Philosophy 499 Senior Project

Along with a University liberal-arts core of 34-58 semester hours and other general electives, these departmental requirements allow students to relate their particular interest to their preparation either for (1) graduate studies in religious, philosophical, and other professional schools, for example, law, social enterprise, public policy, and social work, or (2) entry-level positions in a wide range of religious and human service professions.