College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

Program Requirements

Requirements for the Philosophy Major Show Requirements

  • One course in logic:
    • PL 310 Logic
    • Or any course so designated
  • Two courses in history sequence:
    • PL 311 History of Ancient Philosophy
    • PL 313 History of Modern Philosophy
  • One course in analytic philosophy:
    • PL 320 Theory of Knowledge
    • PL 323 Introduction to Analytic Philosophy
    • PL 343 Philosophy of Science
    • PL 346 Philosophy of Mind
    • Or any course designated analytic philosophy
  • One course in value theory (normative philosophy):
    • PL 344 Philosophy of Law
    • PL 345 Social and Political Philosophy
    • PL 360 Ethics
    • PL 364 Ethics & International Relations
    • Or any course designated value theory
  • Two offerings (6 hours) of PL 410 Seminar in Philosophy [Substitutions may be made in the case of students studying abroad or taking PL 499 Honors Thesis]
  • Plus 12 hours of additional philosophy courses for a total of 33 hours.
    No more than 12 hours of 100 and 200 level courses may be applied to the 33 hours required for the major.

Requirements for the Philosophy and Religion Combined Major Show Requirements

Twenty-seven hours of required courses:

  • History of Philosophy: PL311 Ancient and PL313 Modern (6 hrs)
  • Value Theory course (3 hrs):
    • PL 360 Ethics
    • PL 344 Philosophy of Law
    • PL 345 Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy
    • Or any course designated value theory
  • PL 210 Logic, or a course in analytic philosophy (3 hrs):
    • PL 320 Theory of Knowledge
    • PL 323 Introduction to Analytic Philosophy
    • PL 343 Philosophy of Science
    • PL 346 Philosophy of Mind
    • Or any course designated analytic philosophy
  • PL 410 Seminar in Philosophy
  • TI251RL The Bible (3 hrs)
  • RL 347 History of Christianity, RL 350 Topics in Judaism, or RL 354 Islam (3 hrs)
  • A course in Asian religions (3 hrs)
  • RL 381 Topics in Theory and Method (3 hrs)

Plus six hours of courses to be chosen from:

  • PL 342 Philosophy of Religion
  • RL 371 Religion and Science
  • RP 401, 402, 403 Independent Study
  • RP 499 Honors Thesis

Plus nine hours of electives: (PL, RL, RP) for a total of 42 hours

Requirements for the Philosophy and Psychology Combined Major (50 hours) Show Requirements

Philosophy (21 hours)

  • PL 310 Logic
  • PL 311 History of Ancient Philosophy
  • PL 313 History of Modern Philosophy
  • PL 343 Philosophy of Science
  • PL 346 Philosophy of Mind
  • PL 360 Ethics/Value Theory course
  • PL 400+ A 400-level philosophy course

Psychology (26 hours)

Psychology/Required (20 hours)

  • SW250 Psychological Inquiry
  • PS210 Research Methods/Statistics I
  • PS211 Research Methods/Statistics II
  • PS 310 Statistics in Psychology
  • PS 385 Cognitive Processes
  • PS 440 Psychology of Personality
  • PS 475 Psychology Seminar (PS 475, 476, 477, 478, 479, or 491)

Psychology/Electives (6 hours)
The student must complete A and B

  • A. Either PS 202 Learning or
    PS 235 Biological Bases of Behavior (Prerequisite: BI 100/or BI 103/or BI 110)
  • B. Either PS 320 Life Span Developmental Psychology or
    PS 350 Social Psychology

Program Elective (3 hours) Show Electives

Any philosophy or psychology course at the 400-level

Requirements for the Philosophy Minor Show Requirements

A minor in philosophy consists of 18 hours in philosophy, 9 of which should be on the 300- or 400-level. Minors will be strongly advised to create a suitable package of courses in consultation with a philosophy professor appointed by the chair.

About Double Majors Show Content

A significant number of students choose philosophy or religion in conjunction with another major. If the primary major (i.e., the major in the department where one's advisor resides) is outside of philosophy and religion, the student should seek an informal advisor in the philosophy and religion department to make sure that he or she satisfies the departmental requirements. The departmental advisor will also work with the student to find a selection of courses which complements the work in their other majors.