B.A. Phil – RS Concentration
Program Map – Philosophy – Religious Studies
Philosophy B.A. (Religious Studies Concentration)
Degree Requirements: 124 Credit Hours
See Core Curriculum for required courses in Area A1 through Area E.
Area A1 – Communication Skills
Select 6 credit hours from Area A1 of the Core Curriculum 6
Area A2 – Quantitative Skills
Select 3 credit hours from Area A2 of the Core Curriculum 3
Area B—Global Engagement
Select 4 credit hours from Area B of the Core Curriculum 4
Area C – Humanities, Fine Arts, and Ethics
Select 6 credit hours from Area C of the Core Curriculum 6
Area D – Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Technology
Select 11 credit hours from Area D of the Core Curriculum 11
Area E – Social Sciences
Select 12 credit hours from Area E of the Core Curriculum 12
Area F – Courses Appropriate to Major (18 hours)
Foreign Language – through 2002 0-6
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following: 3-9
PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
Select 0-3 credit hours from the following: 0-3
RELS 2100 World Religions
RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies
Select 3-12 credit hours from the following: 3-12
ANTH 1102 Introduction to Anthropology
BIOL 1130 General Biology
& BIOL 1110 General Biology Laboratory
BIOL 1230 Environmental Biology
& BIOL 1210 Environmental Biology Laboratory
INTS 2130 Introduction to International Studies
POLS 2101 Introduction to Political Science
PSYC 1101 Introduction to Psychology
SOCI 1101 Introduction to Sociology
Health and Physical Education Activities
HLTH 1520 Healthful Living 2
FYE 1220 First-Year Seminar 2
Major Requirements (3000 level or above) (30 hours)
RELS 4890 Seminar in Religious Studies 3
Ancient and Modern Philosophy
Select 3-6 credit hours from the following: 3-6
PHIL 3100 Ancient Philosophy
PHIL 3130 Early Modern Philosophy: Rationalism and Empiricism
Philosophy of Religion
Select 3-9 credit hours from the following: 3-9
PHIL 3635 Existentialism
PHIL 4632 Philosophy of Religion
RELS 3234 Asian Religious Philosophy
Electives in the Major
Select 12-21 credit hours from the following: 12-21
ENGL 3431 Bible as Literature
HIST/RELS 3139 History of Religion in America
HIST/RELS 3233 The Early Church
HIST/RELS 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 Reformation
HONS 4610 Honors Research Seminar
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 Selected Topics
SOCI 4133 Sociology of Religion
Select 15 credit hours of Electives 15
Minor – Required
Select 15 credit hours of Minor (Must be approved by advisor) 15
At least 9 hours of the elective or minor credits must be at the 3000 level or higher, so that the students will graduate with at least 39 hours of upper division credits.
Total Credit Hours 124
- For RELS 4890, the prerequisite is at least two courses within the major.
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 Program;
- successfully complete at least three credit hours of Honors Research Seminar HONS 4610) over three semesters;
- successfully complete and present an Honors Thesis or Capstone Project;
- be in good standing in the University Honors Program at the time of graduation.
All Philosophy majors, including students in the UHP, are advised by the Philosophy advisor located in the Newton Building, (912) 478-7740.
From Overview page of the Major in Catalog
A strong Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is central to a liberal arts education because it helps students to become incisive in their critical thinking, effective as communicators, aware of cultural diversity, and skillful as interpreters of the written and spoken word in all areas of life. We are committed to academic excellence, innovative instruction, and collaborative service to the community.
The disciplines of philosophy and religious studies – the traditional core of the humanities – ask the big questions: What does it mean to be human? How do we make meaning in this world? What is the relationship of individuals to society? Today these questions are complicated by topics such as class, race, ethnicity, and gender – all of which are addressed by classes in the Department.
Studying philosophy and religious studies provides excellent preparation for professional employment in any area where the close examination of written texts and the ability to communicate well are important. The Department takes pride in working with students to connect their immediate studies with their long-term goals.
A student graduating with a B.A. degree in Philosophy will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Present and explain the thought of a philosopher or philosophical theory accurately and clearly, demonstrating a strong background in discipline-specific knowledge, including the history and major periods of Philosophy, major thinkers, and major fields of study and theories of Philosophy.
- Critically evaluate philosophical positions, identifying central arguments and their support, demonstrating an ability to think through complex issues with clarity.
- Present an independent evaluation of or response to the material. Support one’s own philosophical positions with well-reasoned argumentation, providing a thesis that is properly stated, focused, and clear, and defending this thesis in a way that is well-organized and well-supported.
A student graduating with a B.A. degree in Philosophy with a Religious Studies Concentration will be able to demonstrate the following:
- Demonstrate knowledge of beliefs, practices, and institutions that have been classified as religious.
- Demonstrate knowledge of key concepts and major theorists in the study of religion.
- Analyze religious data by critically assessing relevant primary and secondary texts.
- Utilize theories and methods from different disciplinary approaches to the study of religion.
- Synthesize relevant data to support an argument that explains some aspect of religion.
Last updated: 10/5/2018