Welcome to Philosophy and Religious Studies
Philosophy teaches us not what to think, but how to think; how to think deeply about ourselves, the world, and our relation to the world and each other. Religious Studies is an interdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and intellectually curious examination of the major world religions and their people.
Integrated together, the Philosophy and Religious Studies program engages the fundamental questions of human existence and contemporary global issues from both philosophical and religious perspectives. Specifically, the major provides a foundational study from both fields while also providing students with three distinctive options – a philosophy concentration, a religious studies concentration or a no-concentration option.
The Philosophy and Religious Studies curriculum consists of 30 credits (10 courses): 5 core courses and 5 courses in the concentration/no-concentration option. Students will also be required to take Introduction to Philosophy in the liberal arts core.
The major is offered at the Rockland campus.
Major Field Component
PHI 101 Intro to Philosophy (Liberal arts core course)
Core Courses (15 credits – Required)
PHI 202 Logic
REL/SOC 310 The Psychology and Sociology of Religion
REL/PHI 314 World Religions
PHI 346 Ethics
REL/PHI 441 Philosophy of Religion
Philosophy Concentration (15 credits)
PHI 329 Ancient Philosophy
PHI 330 Modern Philosophy
PHI 327/367 Mysticism OR Christian Existentialism
PHI 431/432 Contemporary Analytic Philosophy
OR Contemporary Continental Philosophy
PHI 470 Philosophy Senior Capstone
Religious Studies Concentration (15 credits)
REL 432 Christianity and World Religions in Dialogue
REL 342 History of Christianity
REL 442/448 South Asian Religions OR East Asian Religions
REL 445/446 Islam OR Judaism
REL 470 Religion Senior Capstone
No Concentration (15 credits)
If no concentration is declared, any 4 more PHI or REL courses, plus 1 PHI/REL 470 capstone, completes the major requirements.