Sep 19, 2018  
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin 
    
2017-2018 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

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

Ethics, Law, and Political Theory


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

Total Hours 27


Total Hours 3

Total Hours 18

Electives


  • Any upper division course with a PHIL prefix  or
  • Any upper division course from another department approved by advisor and deemed relevant to student’s interest’s in ethics
Total Hours 12

Philosophical Studies


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

Total Hours 27


Total Hours 3

Total Hours 15

Electives


  • Select four (4) courses among from any remaining Philosophy courses other than PHIL 1030, 1040, 2200 or 
  • Any upper division course from another department approved by advisor and deemed relevant to student’s interests in ethics.
Total Hours 12

Religious Studies


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

Total Hours 27


Total Hours 3

Total Hours 18

Electives


  • Select three (3) courses from any remaining Philosophy courses other than PHIL 1030, PHIL 1040, PHIL 2200 or
  • CLAS 4900 Topics (Mystery Religions) or
  • GREK 1010 and GREK 1020 or
  • Any upper division course approved by advisor deemed relevant to student’s interests in religious studies.   
Total Hours 9

Total Program Hours 120


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