Bachelor of Arts
Robert Klee, Associate Professor and Chair
The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers courses that develop critical and creative skills, as well as broad-ranging knowledge of fundamental beliefs and ideas. Such skills and knowledge are brought about by (1) training students in the analysis and clarification of concepts involved in all forms of thinking, whether legal, medical, political, scientific, or metaphysical; (2) systematically analyzing and evaluating topics of perennial human interest, such as religion, art, and morality; and (3) challenging students to articulate and develop their own ideas in the context of argumentation.
• The Introduction to Philosophy courses (PHIL-10100 and PHIL-10200) are highly recommended as stepping-stones to all other courses in philosophy.
• The Introduction to World Religions courses (RLST-10500 and RLST-10600) are highly recommended as stepping-stones to all other courses in religious studies.
Honors in the Department of Philosophy and Religion are offered for the purpose of encouraging, challenging, and recognizing majors and minors who undertake advanced academic work.
Majors and minors in the department may apply for honors by submitting an honors thesis. Written application to the honors program must be made to the department chair early in the student's senior year. A minimum of a 3.50 GPA in the major or minor is required.
An adviser and a second reader are appointed by the chair in consultation with the student and members of the faculty. The adviser supervises the writing of the thesis, which should be at most 30 pages long and must be completed by March 31. The departmental faculty decides whether the thesis has earned honors designation. Then, if the student wishes, the adviser arranges for an oral presentation of the accepted thesis to the departmental faculty, guests, and other philosophy and religion majors and minors.