Academics: Majors and Programs

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Religious Studies and Philosophy Major Requirements

A major in philosophy consists of 44 hours (11 courses) in philosophy. Required are five core courses totaling 20 hours:

PHI 171, PHI 230, PHI 231, either PHI 181 or 201, and PHI 421 (writing intensive).

In addition to these core courses, students must complete one course in four distinct areas: Post-Continental or non-Western philosophy, Metaphysics or Theory of Knowledge, Value Theory, and Women and Gender. These courses are writing intensive.

The required philosophy courses and areas include:

Core Courses

• PHI 171: Introduction to Philosophy (4)
• PHI 230 and 231: History of Western Philosophy (8)
• PHI 181 or 201: (Logic) (4)
• PHI 421: Directed Reading and Independent Study in Philosophy (4)

Areas

• Area I: Post-Continental or Non-Western Philosophy (4)
• Area II: Metaphysics or Theory of Knowledge (4)
• Area III: Value Theory (4)
• Area IV: Women and Gender (4)
• Electives (8)

TOTAL: 44