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Major Requirements

Students can choose one of four possible tracks in the religion and philosophy major, including a general focus, a focus on religion, a focus on philosophy, and a focus on ethics. The requirements for each track are listed below. Each track results in a major requiring 36 credits.

 


Summary of Requirements for a Major in Religion and Philosophy

Track One: a general RPH major

Foundation Classes: All RPH majors are required to take four of the following eight courses:
RPH 110 Old Testament*
RPH 120 New Testament* 
RPH 130 Introduction to Christian Theology*
RPH 140 Introduction to World Philosophies*
RPH 150 World Religions*
RPH 205 Introduction to Ethics*
RPH 210 The Legacy of Ancient Greek Civilization in the Era of Globalization
RPH 306 Logic
Seven religion and philosophy electives
RPH 470 Advanced Seminar: In-depth Study of Religion and Philosophy

 

Track Two: RPH Major with a focus on religion

Four of the first eight courses in the general RPH major
Seven courses from the following:
RPH 205: Introduction to Ethics (if not included in the 4 foundation courses)
RPH 320: Christian Ethics
RPH 325: Jesus and the Gospels
HIS/RPH 329: The Early Church
HIS/RPH 331: The Middle Ages
HIS/RPH 354: The Byzantine Empire
HIS 355/RPH 358: The Reformation
RPH 365: Topics in Religion
RPH 399: International Travel Course
RPH 450: Independent Study
RPH 460: Practicum
RPH 470: Advanced Seminar: In-depth Study of Religion and Philosophy

 
Track Three: RPH major with a focus on philosophy

Four of the first eight foundational courses in the general RPH major
Seven courses from the following:
RPH 210: The Legacy of Ancient Greek Civilization in the Era of Globalization (if not included in the
4 foundation courses)
RPH 306: Logic (if not included in the 4 foundation courses)
RPH 310: Philosophy of Art
RPH 335: Women’s Issues
RPH 337: Plato’s Dialogues
RPH 350: Business and Professional Ethics
POL/RPH 351: Ancient Political Philosophy
POL/RPH 353: Modern Political Philosophy
RPH 360: Introduction to Contemporary Critical theory – cross listed with ENG 365
RPH 362: Environmental Ethics
RPH 370: Topics in Philosophy
RPH 450: Independent Study
RPH 460: Practicum
RPH 470: Advanced Seminar: In-depth Study of Religion and Philosophy

 
Track Four: RPH major with a focus on ethics

Four of the first eight courses in the general RPH major
Seven courses from the following:
RPH 205: Introduction to Ethics (if not included in the 4 foundation courses)
RPH 306: Logic (if not included in the 4 foundation courses)
RPH 320: Christian Ethics
RPH 335: Women’s Issues
RPH 350: Business and Professional Ethics
RPH 362: Environmental Ethics
RPH 450: Independent Study
RPH 460: Practicum
RPH 470: Advanced Seminar: In-depth Study of Religion and Philosophy