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Philosophy & Religion Major

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Philosophy and Religion students are well trained in terms of content and method. The content of the major focuses on a deep immersion into key questions regarding the meaning, value, and significance of life, as seen from both philosophical and religious perspectives as those have been offered across history and across Western and Eastern cultures. In addition, students should expect a solid training in the analytic reasoning skills that ground critical thinking, thus developing an advanced ability to appreciate, understand, deconstruct, and form difficult and challenging argumentation.

The Philosophy and Religion major consists of 33 credit hours in the department, which includes the Capstone Research Seminar. Students need to complete five upper-divisional courses, which includes all 300 level and higher courses. In addition, a Philosophy and Religion major must complete the following requirements:

Single Author

Students must take three Single Author 1-credit hour courses. These are offered once a semester, rotating between philosophy and religion professors and covering each time one significant philosophical or religious text or author.

Senior Portfolio Requirement

All Philosophy and Religion majors, and those planning to declare a major, must keep a file of important assignments completed in all Philosophy and Religion courses for the major. Items to be placed in the file include any written assignments graded or evaluated by the instructor, such as written projects, including exams, research papers, and blogs; as well as any internship projects and audio/video materials. The contents of the file will be used to develop a senior portfolio, a course requirement in HPRL 493 Senior Seminar. The senior portfolio is a reflective document that provides evidence of a student’s learning achievements and it may be used to facilitate career planning, job search activities and/or admittance to graduate study.