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2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin 
2018-2019 Undergraduate Bulletin [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Philosophy and Religion (B.A.)

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Bulleltin/Catalog Year 2018-2019

College of Arts and Letters

Department of History and Philosophy

Location:  Harned Hall, Room 340
Phone:  931-221-7919
Website: www.apsu.edu/history-and-philosophy/philosophy-programs/index.php

Description of Major

The Philosophy and Religion major consists of three options: Philosophical Studies, Religious Studies, and Ethics, Law, and Political Theory.   The Philosophy and Religion 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, Law and Political Theory 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.


  • Any course listed above not used to complete those categories, or
  • Any upper division philosophy course or other course approved by advisor as relevant to student’s concentration in Ethics

Philosophy & Religion Introductory Core

Total Hours 3

Total Hours 6

Total Hours 9

Total Hours 6

Total Hours 6

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 3

Total Hours 15


  • Select four (4) courses among from any remaining Philosophy courses other than PHIL 1030, 1040, 2200.
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 Program Hours 120

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