Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy Minor

The primary task of the Philosophy program is to introduce critical thinking, problem solving, and interpretive skills in all of its course offerings. The program attempts to apply the above-mentioned skills to the various disciplines in the Arts and Sciences.

At the present time, fifty percent of the people admitted to schools of law and medicine have a strong background in Philosophy. The study of Philosophy promotes skills in analytical thinking and in constructive thinking, skills in interpretation, and a background in philosophical problems and issues that affect human inquiry in all areas of study and practice.

The particular emphasis in the program is the attempt to teach principles of moral responsibility in thought, belief, and action to promote the values of democracy in our pluralistic culture. The faculty believes this is best done by the teaching of critical thinking in their course offerings. All of these methods deal with problems of justification of belief and claims to knowledge in the pursuit of truth. The goal of the program is to produce the attitude of critical awareness of one’s assumptions, beliefs, and claims to knowledge in the context of the above- listed skills in order to help students to be more effective citizens and practitioners in their chosen professions. An interdisciplinary major in Philosophy is also offered.

I. General Studies
II. Required Courses
PHIL 201 Introduction to Philosophy
Electives in Philosophy (15 hours)
III. Major Field and Electives to Total… 128 Sem. Hrs.

Religion Minor

The aim of the Religion program is to offer a critical and methodological approach to religious studies. The methods of critical thinking will be used to evaluate the different claims of knowledge and truth in the different religious systems and the problems of response to the plurality of competing claims to truth within our democratic society.

I. General Studies
II. Required Courses
REL 250 Religions of the World
REL 301 Literature of the Hebrew Bible OR REL 310 New Testament Literature
Electives in Religion (12 hours)
III. Major Field and Electives to Total… 128 Sem. Hrs.