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Requirements
Major in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Minor in Religious Studies

Requirements for the Major in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Both Religious Studies and Philosophy are in the process of re-registering their major programs with the State of New York. It is anticipated that this will be completed by the Spring Semester of 2010. If necessary, beginning with the Class of 2011, students wishing to pursue a major in Religious Studies or Philosophy will technically pursue the Liberal Arts major, which requires 18 credits of Religious Studies courses and 18 credits of Philosophy courses as described herein and as will be added under the renewed registration.  Once the re-registration with the State is completed, the Religious Studies or Philosophy credits will be converted into a straight Religious Studies or Philosophy major with the credits from the other discipline applied to the a minor in that discipline, if the student wishes. 

Faculty from the Department will work closely with all students to tailor a program of courses that will make this transition smoothly and in a manner that will suit their individual interests and backgrounds. Whatever the specific form of the finally approved program, it will require 24 credits in courses on the 300 level or above in addition to the required sophomore core and senior integrated courses described above for a total of 30 credits.

Requirements for minor
Students choosing to minor in Religious Studies must complete RELS 208 and 15 credits in Religious Studies courses on the 300 and 400 levels. A minimum grade of “C” is required in all 18 credits. Students should consult with the Religious Studies faculty in choosing upper level courses.

Students with an interest in both Religious Studies and Philosophy may also pursue both within a Liberal Arts major. This would require 18 credits from Religious Studies and 18 credits from Philosophy. Programs can be designed to focus on special interests such as applied ethics. Contact a faculty member in either department for details.

Honor Society. Membership in the Eta charter chapter (#007) of Theta Alpha Kappa, the National Honor Society in Religious Studies/Theology, is open to qualified students.