Philosophy and Religion Courses
PHL 115Introductory LogicPhilosophy and Religion4FreshmanAn examination of what constitutes sound or persuasive reasoning. The course aims at enhancing the student’s ability to discover the structure of an argument. Satisfies philosophy and religion exploratory requirement. Fall.
PHL 116Introduction to PhilosophyPhilosophy and Religion4FreshmanAn introduction to the perennial questions" of philosophy: Is knowledge possible? Does God exist? What is truth? Do persons have souls? What constitutes the good life or human fulfillment? Satisfies philosophy and religion exploratory requirement. Fall and spring."
PHL 220Principles of EthicsPhilosophy and Religion4FreshmanAn examination of the classical sources of ethical thought, such as Plato, Aristotle, Kant, Mill, and others, with attention to their relevance to contemporary problems in business and social ethics. Satisfies philosophy and religion exploratory requirement. Spring.
PHL 250Living Religions EastPhilosophy and Religion4SophomoreHistorical development, cultural influences, and contemporary expression of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Shinto. Same as REL 250. Satisfies philosophy and religion and intercultural exploratory requirements. Spring, even academic years.
PHL 300Topics in PhilosophyPhilosophy and Religion3JuniorA topic of current interest in philosophy will be taught. Topics will vary depending on faculty and student interest. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs.
PHL 310Ancient and Medieval PhilosophyPhilosophy and Religion4JuniorThe history of philosophy from ancient Greece to the end of the Medieval period. The course includes major thinkers, such as Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Augustine, and Aquinas. As well, it includes the beginnings of Christianity. Fall, odd academic years.
PHL 320Modern PhilosophyPhilosophy and Religion4JuniorThe history of philosophy from the Renaissance and the Protestant Reformation to the 19th century. The course includes Descartes and rationalism; Locke, Hume, and empiricism; Kant, Hegel, and idealism. Spring, even academic years.
PHL 330Contemporary PhilosophyPhilosophy and Religion4JuniorThe history of philosophy from the mid-19th century to the present. The course includes reactions to idealism as well as pragmatism, positivism, existentialism, and phenomenology. Spring, odd academic years.
PHL 340Advanced LogicPhilosophy and Religion3JuniorStudy of the structures of thought in specialized areas, including several of the following: Formal logic, patterns of thought appropriate to the study of the law, of history, of art criticism, ethics, theology, and science. Spring, odd academic years.
PHL 360Social and Political ThoughtPhilosophy and Religion4JuniorStudy of social and political ideas such as the nature and justification of political power, the nature and legitimacy of governments, and related topics from Plato to the present. Same as POL 360. Fall.
PHL 365Philosophy of ReligionPhilosophy and Religion4JuniorPersistent philosophical problems of historical religions, such as the nature of religion, religious knowledge, and the nature and existence of God, and human freedom. Same as REL 365. Fall, even academic years.
PHL 470Seminar: Themes in Philosophic InquiryPhilosophy and Religion3SeniorA study of the theory of knowledge, metaphysics, axiology, advanced logic, or some particular thinker, tradition, or theme, depending on needs and interests of students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
PHL 482Philosophy PracticumPhilosophy and Religion1SeniorA supervised, pre-approved experience which allows a student to pursue specific learning goals and/or be involved in a field experience during the regular academic semester.
PHL 490Philosophy Independent StudyPhilosophy and Religion1SeniorAn academic project designed to encourage student initiative and to provide a degree of flexibility in the departmental program. Normally the subject is not sufficiently or appropriately covered in departmental course offerings. Departmental consent is required.
PHL 498Porfolio Development PracticumPhilosophy and Religion0SeniorEach student must develop a portfolio containing an appropriate body of work that, by the time of graduation, demonstrates the student is ready to make the transition to the professional workplace or graduate school. The specific format and content of the portfolio is determined through consultation of the student with the department and by attending appropriate sessions of PDP 200. PHL 498 is one component of the SNR/SNT 489 requirement. Portfolios will receive either a passing or failing grade. Co-requisites: PHL 499 and SNR/SNT 489.
PHL 499Senior Competency PracticumPhilosophy and Religion0SeniorTaken concurrently with SNR/SNT 489 (PHL), but may include at the department’s discretion a multiple-hour comprehensive essay examination covering the history of philosophy and related topics (Oriental thought, political philosophy, ethics, etc.) depending on the student’s transcript and senior year experience. A grade of C or better is required for graduation. Co-requisites: PHL 498 and SNR/SNT 489.
REL 114Introduction to ReligionPhilosophy and Religion4FreshmanAn exploration of introductory topics in religious studies: the origins of religion, God, the problem of evil, revelation and scripture, morality, and religious experience. Satisfies philosophy and religion exploratory requirement. Fall and Spring.
REL 210Religion and the EnvironmentPhilosophy and Religion3FreshmanThis course is a study of the relationship between religion and the environment. It will explore the connection between religious faith tradition(s) and the environmental problems that challenge sustainability in God’s creation. Satisfies philosophy and religion exploratory requirement. Course is open to freshmen. Fall and spring.
REL 215Religion in America I:History of RelPhilosophy and Religion4SophomoreWhy is the United States the most religiously active and religiously diverse nation in the world? How has religion shaped the nation’s democratic society? This course examine the role of religion in the United States from its founding, through the beginnings of the 20th century. Students will explore the nation’s major religious movements, the relationship of politics and religion, as well as important national debates that have highlighted the tension between religious ideology and scientific theory. Open to all students. Fulfills Philosophy/Religion exploratory requirement. 4 credit hours. Fall even.
REL 220Old Testament Life and LiteraturePhilosophy and Religion3SophomoreA study of the literature of the Old Testament as this literature arose in the historical experience of the people Israel. Satisfies philosophy and religion exploratory requirement. Fall.
REL 225Religion in America II:Contemp Rel ExpPhilosophy and Religion4SophomoreReligion has always been a dynamic influence on American culture, but the 20th century has seen American religion respond to national financial desperation, multiple international conflicts, and a host of civil rights issues. As a result, religion has undergone significant change in America, and has likewise changed American culture. This course examines the role of religion in the United States throughout the most turbulent and inspiring eras of the 20th century and emphasizes the writings of religious figures at the center of those cultural shifts. Open to all students. Fulfills Diversity exploratory requirement and Philosophy/Religion exploratory requirement. 4 credit hours. Fall odd.
REL 230New Testament Life and LiteraturePhilosophy and Religion3SophomoreA study of the literature of the New Testament, particularly as this literature reveals the early church’s understanding of Jesus and the Christian faith. Spring.
REL 240Giving in ReligionPhilosophy and Religion3SophomoreThis course explores how different religious traditions understand the importance of giving and the relationships that the offering of time talent and treasure" promote between the divine and humanity. The course will focus on religious understandings of volunteerism through a variety of service projects with members of different religious traditions as well as on religion in faith-based organizations. Fulfills Philosophy/Religion requirement. 3 credit hours. Fall even."
REL 250Living Religions EastPhilosophy and Religion4SophomoreHistorical development, cultural influences, and contemporary expression of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism and Shinto. Same as PHL 250. Satisfies philosophy and religion and intercultural exploratory requirements. Spring, even academic years.
REL 260Living Religions WestPhilosophy and Religion4SophomoreHistorical development, cultural influences, and contemporary expression of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam studied through primary as well as secondary sources. Satisfies philosophy and religion and intercultural exploratory requirements. Spring, odd academic years.
REL 300Topics in ReligionPhilosophy and Religion3JuniorA topic of current interest in religion will be taught. Topics will vary depending on faculty and student interest. Course will be offered upon the request of a faculty member and with approval of the vice president for academic affairs.
REL 310Historical Faith and Modern CulturePhilosophy and Religion4JuniorEmergence and expressions of Christian faith in the history of Western and world cultures. Attention given to major personalities; interaction between religion and science, church and state in the modern era. Spring, even academic years.
REL 325Theories of ReligionPhilosophy and Religion2JuniorThis course explores the various anthropological, psychological, and sociological theories for the presence of organized religion throughout the world; moreover, this course serves to educate students regarding the rise of religious studies as a unique discipline apart from theology and philosophy. Special attention will be given to the work of Sigmund Freud, Carl Jung, William James, Emile Durkheim, Max Weber, and Clifford Geertz, among other scholars. Prerequisites: REL 114 or PHL 116. 2 credit hours. Spring odd.
REL 350Life of Jesus and Gospel FormationPhilosophy and Religion2JuniorA study of what the critical tools of literary criticism, form criticism, and redaction criticism can tell us about the historical Jesus; the formation of the Synoptic gospels and John, and Christological formulation in the New Testament. Prerequisite: REL 230. Fall, odd academic years.
REL 360Contemporary Christian ThoughtPhilosophy and Religion4JuniorAn exploration of themes and issues in the thought of significant 20th and 21st century Protestant, Roman Catholic, and Orthodox theologians. Spring, even academic years.
REL 365Philosophy of ReligionPhilosophy and Religion4JuniorPersistent philosophical problems of historical religion, such as the nature of religion, religious knowledge, and the nature and existence of God and human freedom. Same as PHL 365. Fall, even academic years.
REL 470Seminar: Themes in Religious InquiryPhilosophy and Religion3SeniorTopics in the biblical, historical, or theological area of religious inquiry, depending upon interests of students. Prerequisite: consent of instructor.
REL 482Religion PracticumPhilosophy and Religion1SeniorA supervised, pre-approved experience which allows a student to pursue specific learning goals and/or be involved in a field experience during the regular academic semester.
REL 490Religion Independent StudyPhilosophy and Religion1SeniorAn academic project designed to encourage student initiative and to provide a degree of flexibility in the departmental program. Normally the subject is not sufficiently or appropriately covered in departmental course offerings. Departmental permission is required.
REL 498Portfolio Development PracticumPhilosophy and Religion0SeniorEach student must develop a portfolio containing an appropriate body of work that, by the time of graduation, demonstrates the student is ready to make the transition to the professional workplace or graduate school. The specific format and content of the portfolio is determined through consultation of the student with the department and by attending appropriate sessions of PDP 200. REL 498 is one component of the SNR/SNT 489 requirement. Portfolios will receive either a passing or failing grade. Co-requisites: REL 499 and SNR/SNT 489.
REL 499Senior Competency PracticumPhilosophy and Religion0SeniorTaken concurrently with SNR/SNT 489 (REL), but may include at the department’s discretion a multiple-hour comprehensive essay examination covering topics in religious studies (biblical studies, historical theology, systematic theology, comparative religions, and philosophic theology) depending on the student’s transcript. A grade of C or better is required for graduation. Co-requisites: REL 498 and SNR/SNT 489.