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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy Major (50 credits or 62 credits)

Students may choose either a 50-credit major or a 62-credit major, which consists of (1) a 25-credit core and (2) required coursework (25-37 credits).  In order to graduate, a student who completes the 50-credit major must also have a minor or second major in another discipline. A student who completes the 62-credit major is not required to have a minor or second major.

Departmental Honors in Philosophy and Religious Studies

The honors program in Philosophy and Religious Studies recognizes the exceptional scholarship of qualified students in either the Philosophy major or Religious Studies specialization. To qualify, students must have completed at least 25 credits in their major or specialization and have a minimum GPA of 3.0 overall and 3.5 in their major coursework. In addition to their normal coursework, students seeking departmental honors must take one additional upper division course in their program, complete a superior thesis (RELS 497: Honors Thesis) to be evaluated by a second reader from the departmental faculty, and make an oral presentation. Students graduating with honors will have that accomplishment recorded on their transcripts.

Required Core Courses:

PHIL 302 Ethics (5)

Select either:
PHIL 352 Western Philosophy I: Ancient Greek Philosophy (5) OR
PHIL 209 Asian Philosophy* (5)

Select either:
PHIL 353 Western Philosophy II: Rationalism and Empiricism (5) OR
PHIL 305 Philosophy of Religion* (5)

Select either:
PHIL 354 Western Philosophy III: Kant and the 19th Century (5) OR
RELS 376 Contemporary Religious Thought* (5)

PHIL 494 Undergraduate Thesis Preparation* (2)
PHIL 495 Undergraduate Thesis* (3) OR
PHIL 497 Honors Thesis* (3)
  
NOTE: PHIL 209, PHIL 305, RELS 376, PHIL 494, PHIL 495, and PHIL 497 are by advisor’s approval.

Total Core Credits: 25

Required Courses:

PHIL 150 Critical Thinking (5) OR
PHIL 201 Introduction to Logic (5)
PHIL 488 Junior Seminar (5)
PHIL 490 Cooperative Education (2) (required only for the 62-credit major)

Select one course from the following contemporary-based courses: (5 credits)
PHIL 304 Business Ethics (5)
PHIL 308 Medical Ethics (5)
PHIL 358 Existentialism (5)
PHIL 361 Theory of Knowledge (5)
PHIL 364 Philosophy of Mind (5)
PHIL 380 Philosophy of Science (5)
PHIL 459 Phenomenology (5)

Select one course from the following diversity courses: (5 credits)
PHIL 325 Women and Philosophy (5)
PHIL 345 Chinese Philosophy (5)
PHIL 356 American Philosophies (5)
PHIL 357 Philosophy of Race (5)

Electives: (5-15 credits)
Any PHIL courses (at most 5 credits at the 100- or 200-level).

Total Credits: 50 or 62


Click here to view major requirements and current curriculum in CWU's Online Electronic Catalog.

The Online Electronic Catalog (OEC) is the official University´s compilation for all curriculum. The OEC will serve as the basis for major, minor and program requirements for the academic year.

For current policy and curriculum requirements refer to CWU online catalog. When a printed catalog is produced, its publication will take place immediately following the freezing of the OEC for that year. Undergraduate catalogs are valid for five years.

Students must follow that catalog for major and program requirements that are in effect at the time they are admitted to the major. Please contact your academic department if you have questions. For current policy and curriculum requirements refer to CWU online catalog.