2018-2019 Undergraduate Academic Catalog

Academic Catalog

Philosophy & Religion

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Majors

Philosophy and Religion Major

Minors

Philosophy and Religion Minor

Peace Studies Minor

Concentrations

Gender Studies Concentration

Interfaith Studies Concentration

Pre-Professional Programs

Christian Ministry

The Department of Philosophy and Religion focuses on living the questions and engaging the world. The “big questions” of philosophy have shaped people’s understanding of themselves, reality and meaning in life. Religion explores how these same questions relate to individual and communal beliefs, practices, and spiritual commitments in past and present cultures. Study of philosophy and religion develops skills of clear, logical thinking and writing, critical analysis of complex problems, ethical reasoning and understanding different worldviews. These skills are highly valued by employers, particularly in law, policy and humanitarian professions.
 
Majoring in philosophy and religion also prepares students for graduate programs in philosophy or religion, as well as professional graduate degrees in Christian ministry, mediation or counseling.
 
Students may choose to focus their studies on philosophies of being and knowing, world religions, ethics, interfaith studies or Christian studies.
 
Philosophy of Being and Knowing focuses on the nature of reality and of knowledge, including the possibilities and limits of knowing.
 
World Religions focuses on a variety of religious traditions, including their beliefs, practices, texts, ethics, and historical and social contexts.
 
Study in philosophies of being and knowing or in world religions prepare students for careers in legislative and policy, humanitarian, law or academic fields.
 
Ethics focuses on theories and history of ideas of the right and the good, and applications of those concepts to different contemporary issues. Study in ethics prepares students for careers in law, humanitarian, policy, academic or ethics fields.
 
Interfaith Studies focuses on theories and practices that promote peace between the religions of the world. Interfaith Studies prepares students for humanitarian or counseling/mediation careers.
 
Christian Studies focuses on history of the ideas and practices of Christianity, especially in relation to topics in history, culture and ethics. Christian Studies prepares students for service, careers and graduate study in the history, texts, theology and practices of Christianity.
 
Pre-Professional Programs  The philosophy and religion major with a focus on Christian Studies (see previous) qualifies one as an applicant to a seminary or university divinity school to pursue a master of arts or a master of divinity degree, a prerequisite for ordination to the ministry in most Christian denominations.

Philosophy and Religion Major

Degree Type Offered: B.A. Major

Requires the bachelor of arts degree. Consists of 33 credits including the following courses:

PHIL-210 Philosophical Questions

REL-210X Study of Religious Traditions

PHIL-310 Logic

PHIL-331EW Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy

PHIL/REL-430 Senior Seminar

Choose one course from the following :

REL-220 New Testament

REL-326 Readings in the Hebrew Scripture

Choose one course from the following :

PHIL-318E Philosophical Ethics

REL-318E Religious Ethics

Choose one course from the following :

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-350 Religions of the Far East

And nine additional credits approved by the department and in consultation with the academic advisor.

Philosophy and Religion Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Consists of 18 credit hours selected from philosophy and religion courses in consultation with the advisor in the minor and based on the student’s interests, graduate school plans or professional plans.

Peace Studies Minor

Degree Type Offered: Minor

Addresses the continuing need for effective alternatives to structures of conflict and violence. Prepares students for careers in conflict transformation, mediation or humanitarian work. Consists of 18 credit hours including the following courses:

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

REL-420EW Christian Social Ethics

-or-

REL-318E Religious Ethics

SOC/PHIL-367 Conflict Trans

And three of the following courses:

PHIL-225E Contemporary Moral and Political Problem

PHIL-490 Independent Study

REL/HIST-317 History of the Christian Church

REL-319 History of the Church of the Brethren

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-400 Peace Studies Seminar

REL-490 Independent Study

PSCI-335W Peace, War and World Politics

PSCI-356 United States Foreign Policy

PSCI-420W International Law & Organization

SOC-361 Development and Underdevelopment in the Modern World

Courses listed on a student’s plan of the major in philosophy and religion are excluded.

Gender Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

An interdisciplinary program, consisting of 12 credit hours, designed for students in any major to understand more clearly the role that social constructions of gender shape histories, cultures, institutions and identities. Courses allow students to develop critical analytic skills in examining gender through the lenses of communication studies, history, politics, philosophy, psychology and sociology. Excellent preparation for careers in law, policy, humanitarian or ethics fields.

Students must complete any four of the following courses:

COMM-335 Communicating Sex and Gender

COMM-340 Representations of Gender, Race & Class

FCS/SOC-368W Sociology of the Family

HIST-335 Women's History in Asia

PSCI-332 Women & Politics

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PHIL/REL-485X Gender Studies Practicum

PSY-380 Human Sexuality

SOC-313 Gender, Crime and Justice

SOC-334 Gender and Sexuality Studies

Interfaith Studies Concentration

Degree Type Offered: Concentration

The concentration in Interfaith Studies is an interdisciplinary program, consisting of 10 credit hours. The concentration allows students in any major and/or pre-professional program to acquire the knowledge base and skills needed to work within and across religious diversity to promote peace, stability, and enduring cooperation and problem-solving across religious difference.

Students must complete the following courses:

REL-215 Introduction to Interfaith Studies

REL-483 Interfaith Studies Senior Seminar

And two courses from the following :

PSCI-355 Constitutional Law of Civil Rights and Liberties

PSY-475E Neuroethics

REL-318E Religious Ethics

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

SOC-370E Sociology of Religion

THEA-345 Acting: Styles and Techniques

Courses

PHIL-210 Philosophical Questions

PHIL-225E Contemporary Moral and Political Problem

PHIL-228E Philosophy of Popular Culture

PHIL-235E Bioethics

PHIL-300 Topics in Philosophy and Religion

PHIL-310 Logic

PHIL-318E Philosophical Ethics

PHIL-320E Professional Ethics

PHIL-322EW Ethics and Identity

PHIL-328 Germanic Cultures

PHIL-329 Classical Cultures: Greece and Italy

PHIL-331EW Ancient and Medieval Western Philosophy

PHIL-332W Modern Philosophy

PHIL-333W Contemporary Philosophy

PHIL-335 Philosophy of Religion

PHIL-337W Philosophy of Science

PHIL-340EW Environmental Ethics

PHIL-367 Conflict Trans

PHIL-420W Postmodernism

PHIL-430 Senior Seminar

PHIL-480 Internship

PHIL-485X Gender Studies Practicum

PHIL-490 Independent Study

PHIL-491 Research

PHIL-499 Honors Project

REL-180 Religions and Nature

REL-210X Study of Religious Traditions

REL-215 Introduction to Interfaith Studies

REL-220 New Testament

REL-250 Reel-World Religions: Inter-Religious Encounters in Contemporary Film

REL-251X Israel-Palestine: People, Places, Perspectives, Peace

REL-300 Topics in Philosophy and Religion

REL-310 Jesus in History and Culture

REL-312 Archaeology and the Bible

REL-315 The Lands of Bible

REL-316W Medieval Women's Spirit

REL-317 History of the Christian Church

REL-318E Religious Ethics

REL-319 History of the Church of the Brethren

REL-325X The Uses and Abuses of Christian Scripture

REL-326 Readings in the Hebrew Scripture

REL-327W Biblical Themes in Literature

REL-331W Christian Beliefs

REL-332W Reformation Thought

REL-333W Contemporary Christian Thought

REL-335E Christian Perspectives on Violence and Peace

REL-340 Religions of the Near East

REL-350 Religions of the Far East

REL-365 Foundations of American Religion

REL-400 Peace Studies Seminar

REL-420EW Christian Social Ethics

REL-430 Senior Seminar

REL-480 Internship

REL-483 Interfaith Studies Senior Seminar

REL-485X Gender Studies Practicum

REL-490 Independent Study

REL-491 Research

REL-499 Honors Project