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Philosophy and Religious Studies Programs of Study

Philosophy Major (Bachelor of Arts)

The philosophy major provides students with skills in reasoning, evaluation, argumentation, and communication that will prepare them for professional life; encourages critical engagement with the major ideas, figures, and theories in philosophical traditions; and provides extensive knowledge of the field of philosophy in preparation for further study at the graduate level.

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Religious Studies Minor

The minor in religious studies offers students the opportunity to investigate and understand the global range of religious traditions from an academic perspective. Students explore worldwide patterns of belief, practice, community, and their respective histories and development.

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Philosophy Minor

The philosophy minor provides the same skills and challenge of the philosophy major, yet with a less-intensive exposure than the philosophy major. The general analytical skills developed in the minor are an ideal complement to any other major, whether in the sciences, the humanities, the arts, business, or education.

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Medical Humanities Minor

The medical humanities minor is intended for undergraduate students entering health care professions as well as traditional humanities students. It seeks to educate students on humanistic issues in the medical profession and healing arts from an ethical, literary, psychological, sociological, and historical perspective.

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Islamic Studies Minor (pending approval for 2017-18 Catalog)

The Islamic studies minor is intended for undergraduate students majoring in a diverse range of disciplines across the humanities. In an increasingly globalized world, this minor provides students with the interdisciplinary perspective needed for understanding and interacting with Muslim communities at home and abroad. Nearly a quarter of the world’s population are adherents of the Islamic tradition.

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Certificate in Applied Ethics

The applied ethics certificate gives students good exposure to their choice of a range of issues in applied ethics, including ethical issues regarding the environment, business, medicine, the justice system, and others. The certificate complements other majors by helping students understand the moral aspects of many other areas of study and employment. Learn more »

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