Degree: B.A., Philosophy and Religious Studies
Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion
The discipline of philosophy has been shaped by an intellectual and historical tradition that began some 2500 years ago in Greek culture. “Philosophy” literally means “love of wisdom.” It is the systematic study of ideas and issues, a reasoned pursuit of fundamental truths, a quest for a comprehensive understanding of the world, a study of principles of conduct, and much more.
The problems and materials of philosophy are drawn from every aspect of our lives and experience, and its deliberations extend to every subject admitting of disciplined reflection. Students majoring in philosophy will develop knowledge of the history and current state of Western philosophy, critical areas of Asian philosophy, a grasp of representative philosophical issues and ways of dealing with them, a capacity to apply philosophical methods to intellectual problems, and a sense of how philosophy bears on other disciplines and on human life more generally. A philosophy major, leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies, develops a critical mind, a balance of analytic and interpretive abilities, and a capacity for the imaginative development of abstract formulations and their concrete applications. These virtues make philosophy especially good preparation for responsible citizenship and positions of leadership.
Students wishing to major in Philosophy may choose from two concentrations: the Philosophy major, or the Pre-Law Concentration in Philosophy, which offers special preparation for students considering a career in law or related fields.
|PHIL 151B||Introductory Logic||3|
|PHIL 201||Ancient Greek Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 202||Early Modern Philosophy||3|
|PHIL 320||Philosophy of Law I||3|
|PHIL 325||Philosophy of Law II||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Hume And Kant|
|Hegel, Marx, and Nietzsche|
|Select one Ethics course of the following:||3|
|Introduction to Ethics|
|Select one Continental Philosophy course of the following:||3|
|Freud's Greatest Hits|
|Seminar in Twentieth Century Philosophy|
|Select one non-Western course of the following:||3|
|Yoga in Theory, History, and Contemporary Society|
|Studies in Asian and Comparative Philosophy|
|PHIL 485||Research in Philosophy||3|
|Select one of the following:||3|
|Legal Environment of Business|
|Law and Economics|
|American Legal History|
|Introduction to Law and Legal Writing|
|American Civil Liberties|
|Religion and Politics in the United States|
|The Sociology of Law|
Majors in Philosophy with an interest in graduate studies should take courses beyond the minimum required for the major, and they are especially urged to achieve competence in Greek, Latin, French or German. Students with a 3.5 GPA in Philosophy (and 3.25 overall) are eligible for Honors contingent on a grade of A in PHIL 485 Research in Philosophy and successful oral defense.
General Education Requirements
The general education requirements for Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Science degrees apply to all students who are seeking to earn an undergraduate B.A. or B.S. degree.
Students seeking a Bachelor of Liberal Studies degree have a separate set of BLS general education requirements.
Elective courses are those that are not needed to fulfill a general education requirement or major program requirement but are chosen by the student to complete the 120 credits required for graduation with a B.A./B.S. degree or the BLS degree. These courses may be taken graded or pass/fail (or S/U in the case of physical education and 100-level dance). No student in a regular B.A./B.S. program may count more than 60 credits in a single discipline toward the 120 credits required for graduation.
Total Credits Required for the Degree: 120 credits
Classics, Philosophy, and Religion Department
Joseph M. Romero, Chair
Liane R. Houghtalin, Career Advisor (Classics)
Craig R. Vasey, Career Advisor (Philosophy)
Mehdi Aminrazavi, Career Advisor (Religion)
(The person’s subject field is indicated in parentheses.)
David K. Ambuel (Philosophy), Kurt E. Leidecker Co-Chair of Asian Studies
Mehdi Aminrazavi (Philosophy and Religion), Kurt E. Leidecker Co-Chair of Asian Studies
Liane R. Houghtalin (Classics)
Mary Beth Mathews (Religion)
Jason P. Matzke (Philosophy)
Nina Mikhalevsky (Philosophy)
Angela L. Pitts (Classics)
Joseph M. Romero (Classics)
Craig R. Vasey (Philosophy)
Jennifer A. Barry (Religion)
Daniel A. Hirshberg (Religion)
Michael J. Reno (Philosophy)