Catalog 2019-2020

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Teaching Faculty

Faculty contacts: Gorvine and Schmidt


The major in Philosophy and Religious Studies allows students to employ the literature and approaches of both fields to gain an understanding of topics, issues, and questions that historically are of common concern between practitioners, major historical figures, and contemporary scholars in both fields. Philosophy and the study of religion grow out of the human search for wisdom, especially as regards questions of who we are, how we should live, what is ultimately true, whether and where ultimate purpose can be found, and the distinctness or identity of the sacred and the mundane.  The joint major engages students in the exploration of these and similar topics from the vantage point of scholarship across both disciplines.


Major in Philosophy and Religious Studies

10 courses distributed as follows:

  •   no fewer than four courses in philosophy 
  •   2 must be chosen from 
              PHIL 285  Ancient Philosophy 
              PHIL 302  Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Philosophy 
              PHIL 306  Nineteenth Century Philosophy  
  •   No fewer than four courses in religious studies 
  •   PHIL/RELI 370  Faith and Reason  (may be counted towards the four courses in either philosophy or religious studies) 
  •   1 course from the following: 
              PHIL 487  Senior Major Seminar  
              PHIL 497  Senior Thesis  
              RELI 497  Senior Colloquium
  • At most 2 of the 10 courses may be at the 100-level


Senior Capstone Experience

Successful completion of PHIL 487 Senior Major Seminar or PHIL 497 Senior Thesis or RELI 497 Senior Colloquium.

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