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B.A. Phil – Concentration in Religious Studies

Program Map – Philosophy – Religious Studies

See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E

General Requirements (Core Areas A-E)

Additional Requirements

Area F- Courses Appropriate to Major

Foreign Language- through 2002:  0-12 Credit Hours

Take at least one of the following.  Credit hours may be used in the core.  Select 0-9 credit hours from the following:

PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy

PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking

PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics

Take at least one of the following.  Credit hours may be used in the core.  Select 0-6 credit hours from the following:

RELS 2100 World Religions

RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies

Select 0-15 credit hours from any 1000-2000 level courses

Major Requirements (27 credit hours @ the 3000 level or above)

Specific Requirements:  3 Credit Hours

RELS 4890 Religious Studies Capstone

Ancient and Modern Philosophy

Select 3-6 credit hours from the following:

PHIL 3100 Ancient Philosophy

PHIL 3130 Early Modern Philosophy:  Rationalism and Empiricism

Philosophy of Religion: 3-9 Credit Hours

Select 3-9 credit hours from the following:

PHIL 3635 Existentialism

PHIL 4632 Philosophy of Religion

RELS 3234 Asian Religious Philosophy

Electives in the Major

Select 9-18 credit hours from the following:

ANTH 4350 Sorcery, Demons and Gods

ENGL 3141 The Bible as Literature

ENGL 3150 Mythology

ENGL 5485 Milton

HIST/RELS 3139 History of Religion in the U.S.

HIST/RELS 3233 The Early Church

HIST 3234 The History of Islam in Southeast Asia

HIST/RELS 3250 The Muslim World to Tamerlane

HIST/RELS 3251 The Muslim World Since Genghis Khan

HIST/RELS 3334 Christian Europe 450-1750

HIST/RELS 4336 Science and Religion

HIST/RELS 5332 The Age of Reformations

PHIL 3120 Medieval Philosophy

PHIL 3140 Nineteenth Century Philosophy

PHIL 3332 Contemporary Moral Problems

PHIL 3532 Metaphysics

PHIL 4130 Feminist Philosophy

PHIL 4533 Philosophy of Mind

PSYC 3231 Psychology of Religion

RELS 3030 Selected Topics

RELS 3134 Introduction to Asian Religions

RELS 3135 Introduction to Hinduism

RELS 3136 Introduction to Islam

RELS 3137 Introduction to Christianity

RELS 3138 Introduction to Buddhism

RELS 3235 Religion, Sex and Gender

RELS 3238 The Hebrew Prophets

RELS 3330 Introduction to the Hebrew Bible

RELS 3335 Introduction to the New Testament

RELS 3430 Religion and Politics

RELS 5030 Special Topics in Religious Studies

SOCI 4133 Sociology of Religion


Select 18 credit hours of electives

Minor- Required

Select 15 credit hours of Minor (must be approved by advisor)

Total Credit Hours:  124

  1. For Religious Studies Capstone (RELS 4890), the prerequisite is at least two courses within the major.
  2. At least 12 credit hours of the elective or minor credits must be at the 3000 level or higher, so that the students will graduate with at least 38 hours of upper division credits.

Program Admission Criteria

Majors must acquire from their advisors a copy of “Requirements for the Major in Philosophy (Religious studies Concentration).”

Other Program Requirements

Must have earned a minimum grade of “C” in each of the required courses in Philosophy upper division.

Honors in Philosophy (Religious Studies Concentration)

To graduate with Honors in Philosophy (Religious Studies Concentration, a student must:

  • be admitted to the University Honors College;
  • successfully complete at least three credit hours of HONS 610 Honors Research Seminar over three semesters;
  • successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
  • be in good standing in the University Honors College at the time of graduation.


All Philosophy majors, including students in the University Honors College (UHC), are advised by Megan Bowen, Interdisciplinary Building, Room 1048, 912-478-0233.

Last updated: 3/4/2022