Bachelor of Science in Philosophy and Religion

The mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religion is to engage students in the process of considering carefully and examining critically the horizons of ultimate significance which provide the conceptual frameworks by which societies and individuals judge and act.


Students will successfully complete courses in Philosophy and Religion by:

  • Demonstrating the ability to think critically;
  • Demonstrating the ability to engage multiple perspectives;
  • Demonstrating the ability to read primary and secondary texts in the fields of Philosophy and Religion;
  • Demonstrating the ability to articulate and sustain a well conceived position.

In addition to offering courses for all students, the Department provides interested students the opportunity to pursue a focused plan of study leading to a variety of minor concentrations or a self-designed major concentration. Students majoring in Philosophy and Religion, in addition to meeting the above objectives, will:

  • Demonstrate a survey knowledge of their chosen area
  • Demonstrate the ability to engage in sustained research

The major in Philosophy and Religion consists of ten courses and a three-credit final project/independent study. The student’s program is self-designed in consultation with a faculty member/mentor, in pursuit of a particular question or subject area of interest. Students will maintain an eportfolio for their work in the major so that their progress can be monitored and their achievement assessed.

Where Will Your Degree Take You?




Charity Worker

Civil Service

Advice Worker

Program Of Study (33 Credits)

Philosophy and Religion Major Required Courses (33 credits)

PH 211 Ethics

One of the following courses:

RS 211 Introduction to the Variety of Christian Experience

RS 221 Introduction to World Religions

One of the following courses:

PH 220 Introduction to Western Philosophy

PH 224 Modern Philosophy

Seven courses from among all other PH and RS courses, and a 3-credit final project, independent study, or seminar.

Philosophy and Religion Minor (18 credits)

The department offers a minor consisting of 18 credits from the Philosophy offerings, or 18 credits from the Religion offerings, or 18 credits from the Philosophy and Religion offerings, selected in consultation with a faculty member from the department.