College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
Philosophy and Religion

Program Requirements

Requirements for the Religion Major Show Requirements

Majors must fulfill each of the following six requirements.

 (Courses may fulfill more than one distribution requirement if they appear in more than one category below.)

  1. Jewish and Christian Traditions (6 credit hours required from the list below)
    1. RL307, The Historical Jesus
    2. RL308, Paul and the Early Church
    3. RL346, Heresy
    4. RL347, History of Christianity
    5. RL350, Topics in Judaism
    6. RL366, Topics in Jewish and Christian Traditions (e.g., Theology from the Margins)
    7. RL370, Modern Religious Thought
    8. RL372, Mysticism
    9. RL374, Faith & Doubt
    10. Any approved 3-credit internship, field study, or study abroad opportunity
  2. Islam and the Asian Faiths (6 credit hours required from the list below)
    1. RL353, Buddhism: Past and Present
    2. RL354, Islam: Religion, Culture, Society
    3. RL358, Hinduism: Past and Present
    4. RL363, Religion, Politics and Conflict in South Asia
    5. RL367, Topics in Islam/Asian Faiths
    6. RL377, Religion, Gender and the Goddess in Asia
    7. Any approved 3-credit internship, field study, or study abroad opportunity
  3. Texts and Textual Interpretation (3 credit hours required from the list below)
    1. TI251-RL, The Bible (formerly RL202)
    2. RL213, Biblical Hebrew*
    3. RL304, Psalms
    4. RL308, Paul and the Early Church
    5. RL309, The Gospel of John
    6. RL375, Topics in Texts/Textual Interpretations
  4. RL391, 392, Seminar on Religion and World Civilization  (3 total credit hours)
  5. RL405, Internship (3 credit hours)
  6. RL381W, Theory and Method (3 credit hours)

Plus 33 hours in Religion, including (not in addition to) credits for courses fulfilling distributional requirements.

In addition to the course requirements above, majors will complete the following two requirements:

  1. Oral Expression Development - Majors will give an oral presentation in their Junior or Senior year (ask departmental faculty for details).
  2. Butler Seminar on Religion and World Civilization - Majors not enrolled in RL391, 392 are expected, each year, to attend all quarterly dinners/lectures associated with this annual seminar series.


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 Religion Minor Show Requirements

A minor in religion consists of 18 hours in religion, 12 of which must be on the 300- or 400-level, and 3 of which must be RL381W (Theory and Method in the Study of Religion). Minors should create a suitable package of courses in consultation with a Religion 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.