Course Planning

Philosophy and Religious Studies Major - Course Planning

The course planning advice here is limited to completing this major which is just one piece of the overall Hendrix College degree requirements.  For a full description of degree requirements see the Catalog.

Possible Degree Path – The 10-course degree path for Philosophy and Religious Studies is quite flexible. The 10 required courses must include at least 4 courses from each department and only 2 courses at the 100-level. The following is a possible 4-year plan.  

First Year

One of the following: 

  • A 100- or 200- level Philosophy course (PHIL) 
  • A 100- or 200- level Religious Studies course (RELI) 
Sophomore Year 

Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 285)

One course in Religious Studies 

1-2 other courses at the 200-300 level in either field 

Junior Year

Philosophy of Religion (cross-coded as PHIL 370 or RELI 370) 

One of the following if not taken previously: 

  • 19th Century Phil. (PHIL 306, fall)
  • 17th and 18th Century Phil (PHIL 302)

1-2 other courses at the 200- or 300- level in either field, depending on interest and meeting requirement of 4 courses in each department. 

Senior Year

Capstone Course, one of the following. Please consult with your major advisor for details. 

  • Liberal Arts Senior Colloquium (LBST 497) or
  • Senior Thesis (PHIL 497) -  if approved by Philosophy Department to do a significant undergraduate research project.

1-2 courses at the 300- or 400- level necessary to complete the major, depending on interests and meeting requirement of 4 courses in each department. 

Possible Degree Path – Starting in the second year. The 10-course degree path for Philosophy and Religious Studies is quite flexible. The 10 required courses must include at least 4 courses from each department and only 2 courses at the 100-level. The following is a possible 3-year plan.  

 
First Year

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Sophomore Year

Ancient Philosophy (PHIL 285) 

One course in Religious Studies 

1-2 other courses at the 100-300 level in either field 

Junior Year

Philosophy of Religion (cross-coded as PHIL 370 or RELI 370) 

One of the following if not taken previously: 

  • 19th Century Phil. (PHIL 306, fall)
  • 17th and 18th Century Phil (PHIL 302, spring)

1-2 other courses at the 200- or 300- level in either field, depending on interest and meeting requirement of 4 courses in each department. 

Senior Year

Capstone course, one of the following. Please consult with your major advisor for details.

  • Liberal Arts Senior Colloquium (LBST 497), or
  • Senior Thesis (PHIL 497) if approved by Philosophy Department to do significant undergraduate research.

1-2 courses at the 300- or 400- level necessary to complete the major, depending on interests and meeting requirement of 4 courses in each department. 

Planning Recommendations:   

Students are advised to complete:

  • at least one of the two required history of philosophy courses during the sophomore year; and
  • the required course Philosophy of Religion (cross-listed as PHIL 370 or RELI 370) during the junior year;

Depending on interests, students will choose one of the following as their senior capstone course:  Senior Thesis (PHIL 497) or Liberal Arts Senior Colloquium (LBST 497).  Please discuss your options and interests with your advisor during the junior year.

The remaining six major electives may be spread across the years according to the student’s needs and interests. Remember that the ten classes for the major must include at least four from each department and only two 100-level courses.