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  Sep 24, 2017
 
 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin

Philosophy and Religion (B.A.)


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Bulleltin/Catalog Year 2017-2018

College of Arts and Letters

Department of History and Philosophy

Location:  Harned Hall, Room 340
Phone:  931-221-7919
Website: www.apsu.edu/history

Description of Major

The Philosophy and Religion major consists of three options: Philosophical Studies, Religious Studies, and Ethics, Law, and Political Theory.   The Philosophical Studies curriculum is designed to encourage students to think critically and creatively about human existence and the nature of reality. It emphasizes (1) training in critical reasoning and logical analysis; (2) an understanding of the many methods of human inquiry; (3) a survey of the history of philosophy and the history of ethics; (4) the analysis and appreciation of values and their application to moral and political issues; (5) a reflective and tolerant exploration of religion; and (6) the growth of a personal philosophy based on the lifelong search for and appreciation of truth, knowledge, goodness, and beauty.

The Philosophy and Religion Major is good background for most any career area or graduate study option.   The degree is sought after by many businesses as an indicator of analytical ability.  Philosophy Majors are among the highest scorers of any major on standardized tests.  The Religious Studies curriculum is good background for anyone with an interest in the world religions and religious issues or considering a career in religion.   The Ethics and Policy Studies concentration is especially good background for law school or work in government.  

General Education Core


 

  Credit Hours
see Common Core 41
University-Wide Freshman Seminar Requirement 1
Foreign Language 6

Major Core Requirements


Total Hours 3


Total Hours 3


Ethics, Law, and Political Theory


The Ethics, Law, and Political Theory Specialization is an excellent preparation for law school and careers in government.

Total Specialization Hours 27


Total Hours 18

Electives


  • Select three (3) courses from any of the remaining courses above, other Philosophy Upper Division (3000-4000) level courses or other areas as approved by an advisor  9
Total Hours 9

Philosophical Studies


The Philosophical Studies Specialization provides a broad background in Philosophical issues and theories. It is good preparation for most any career.

Total Specialization Hours 27


Total Hours 15

Electives


  • Select four (4) courses among the remaining Upper Division Philosopy (3000-4000) level courses  12
Total Hours 12

Religious Studies


The Religious Studies Specialization is excellent background for seminary and careers in Religion as well as for anyone with an interest in world religions and religious issues.

Total Specialization Hours 27


Total Hours 18

Electives


  • Select three (3) courses in Philosophy Upper Division level (3000-4000) or in another field with approval of an advisor   9
Total Hours 9

Total Program Hours 120


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