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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Declaring the Major

Prospective Majors

For those students considering a major in philosophy or a religious studies specialization (the equivalent of a major) but wishing more information about these programs, the skills acquired in our programs or career opportunities, please contact the Department Chair, Dr. Matthew Altman (altmanm@cwu.edu).  You may also click on the link below to submit a request to have an advisor contact you directly with more information about our majors:

Contact Request Form

Ready to Declare the Major

Declaring your major is an easy process!  There are two ways you can do this.

1. We suggest you set up an appointment with an advisor you've had a class with or one whose area of specialization is closest to your interests.  At this appointment you'll complete a simple major application form and review coursework required for the major.  Your advisor can also discuss skills acquired in the major, career opportunities as well as answer any questions you may have!

Advisors:

Dr. Matthew Altman (altmanm@cwu.edu)

Dr. Gary Bartlett (gary.bartlett@cwu.edu)

Dr. Cynthia Coe (coecy@cwu.edu)

Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann (dippmanj@cwu.edu)

Dr. Michael Goerger (goergerm@cwu.edu)
 

2. OR if you have no preferences about your advisor, you can also complete the following webform and hit submit! Your application will be reviewed by departmental faculty and then entered into MyCWU. You will be notified by email that the process is complete. Please note any additional steps listed in this email, such as upcoming recommended classes or who your assigned advisor will be.

Major Declaration Webform

Note: Our programs do not have academic courses required for entrance into the major; however, the following courses are required for the major and are best completed before enrolling in upper division courses:

PHIL 201 Introduction to Logic (5 credits) – required for the philosophy major
RELS 101 World Religions (5 credits) – required for the religious studies      specialization
RELS 201 Sacred Books of the World (5 credits) – required for the religious studies specialization