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DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES

PHILOSOPHY MAJOR WITH TWO TRACKS:

Philosophy or Religious Studies

Dr. Fred Downing, Head

109 Ashley Hall

 

The Department of Philosophy offers two programs of study that lead to a B. A. in Philosophy. Students may emphasize either a Philosophy Track or a Religious Studies Track. The department also offers minors in Philosophy, Religious Studies, and Professional and Applied Ethics.

A Philosophy Major with the dual tracks of Philosophy and Religious Studies challenges students to think critically and express themselves effectively.  Students will develop an appreciation for lifelong learning and the richness of culture and intellectual history.  On either track, students will find a solid foundation to build a career in professions that demand critical thinking and conceptual flexibility in interacting with diverse populations.

Students who take the Philosophy Track will study a broad spectrum of ideas, thinkers, issues and arguments.  The Philosophy Track addresses key questions from a variety of areas: the history of philosophy, reasoning and argumentation, ethics, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind, social and political theory, and aesthetics.  The Philosophy Track also offers a variety of special topics courses that address issues of interest to philosophers.  Special topics courses are concerned with a range of issues, e.g., courses may address the work of one particular figure in the history of philosophy, or a philosophical interpretation of modern cultural trends. 

Students who take the Religious Studies Track will investigate the diversity of religious thought and practice from multicultural perspectives.  These students explore the influence of religious traditions in shaping values, norms, and public policies in societies worldwide. Regular course offerings in Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Indigenous traditions are integral to our curriculum.  Religious studies courses encourage multiple disciplinary approaches toward religious expression, whether in the fine arts, literature, politics, social conflict, language, history, or gender studies.  Overarching goals are to understand the significance of religion, with sympathetic insight into religious communities, and to analyze the dynamic influences of religion on social development and cultural transformation throughout history and around the globe.

 

BACHELOR OF ARTS DEGREE IN PHILOSOPHY WITH A MAJOR IN PHILOSOPHY

 

Requirements for the Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Philosophy

 

Core Curriculum Areas A-E (see VSU Core Curriculum)………………...42 hrs

 

Core Curriculum Area F……………………………………………………18 hrs

REL 2020………………………………………………………..3 hrs

            PHIL 2010 ………………….……………………………….…..3 hrs

Foreign Language and culture.……………………………….….9 hrs

Humanities, Arts, Natural Science, Social

            Science, or Computer Science elective…………………..3 hrs

            (Area F courses should be taken at the 1000-2000 level)

 

 

PHILOSOPHY TRACK

Senior  CollegeCurriculum………………………………………………....60 hrs

(must include at least 39 hours of coursework numbered 3000 or above)

Courses required for Philosophy…………………………….21 hrs

Foundation Areas………………………………9 hrs

  History of Philosophy (3060, 3080)...…6 hrs

  Logic (2020)……………….…………..3 hrs

Area Studies coursework (numbered 3000 or

  above)…………………………………….…..6 hrs

  Philosophy (3070, 3090, 3110, 3200,

  3220, 3230, 3300, 3400, 3430) …..…3-6 hrs

  Ethics (3100, 3120, 3150, 3180, 3210,

  4120, 3330, 3331, 3320, 3350, 4220)..0-3 hrs

            Upper Division Religious Studies coursework…………3 hrs

Senior Capstone course PHIL 4920...………………….3 hrs

Specialized Philosophy and Religion courses……….…………….…….…6 hrs

Special Topics and Directed Studies coursework:

REL 4700 or 4710…………………………………3 hrs

PHIL 4800, 4810, 4900, or 4910…………………..3 hrs

Minor and/or Elective Courses……………………………..…………….33 hrs

 

Total hours required for the degree…………………………………...120 semester hrs

 

 

RELIGIOUS STUDIES TRACK

Senior  College Curriculum (Religious Studies Track) ............................. 60 hrs

(must include at least 39 hours of coursework numbered 3000 or above)

Courses required for Religious Studies ...............................21 hours

Religious Traditions chosen from ........................... 6 hours

REL 3510, REL 3520, REL 3700, REL 3710

History of Religions chosen from ........................... 3 hours

REL 3501, REL 3502, REL 3503, REL 3504

Sacred Texts and Stories chosen from .................... 3 hours

REL 3330, REL 3340, REL 3350, REL 3360

Religion, Ethics, and Society chosen from .............. 6 hours

REL 3200, REL 3210, REL 3220, REL 3270,

REL 3530, REL 3600, REL 3800

Senior Capstone Course REL 4920 .......................... 3 hours

Upper Division PHIL Courses .............................................. 6 hours

Minor and/or Elective Courses ............................................33 hours

Total hours required for the degree .............................................. 120 semester hours

 

 

Please note that as of Summer 2007, and reflected in the Catalog of Spring 2008, the Philosophy Track will change as follows:

 

Senior College Curriculum (Philosophy Track)…………………………………….……….60 hrs

(must include at least 39 hours of coursework

numbered 3000 or above)

Courses required for Philosophy………………….24 hrs

Logic and Argumentation…………......3 hrs

PHIL 2020

History of Philosophy…….……………6 hrs

PHIL 3060, 3070, 3080, 3090

Ethics………………….…………….......3 hrs

PHIL 3100, 3120, 3130, 3140, 3150,

3160, 3170, 3180, 3190, 3210, 4120, 4220

Philosophy, Society, and Culture……...3 hrs

PHIL 3110, 3300, 3400, 3430, 3530,

3700, 3710, 3800, 3850

Epistemology, Metaphysics, and

Scientific Reasoning………..............…. 3 hrs

PHIL 3200, 3220, 3230

Senior Level Curriculum……………....3 hrs

PHIL 4800, 4810, 4900, or 4910

Senior Capstone PHIL 4920   ……...….3 hrs

 

Upper Division REL . …………………………….6 hrs

Minor and/or Elective Courses…………………....30 hrs

 

 

 

Advising grids for our majors before 2007: Click here for the PHIL track gridand click here for the REL track grid.

If you became a PHIL track student after Fall 2007, please use the new PHIL track grid here. Catalog 08-09.
If you became a REL track student after June 2007, please use the new REL track grid here. Catalog 07-08.

 

 

Minor in Philosophy … 15 hours

Fundamentals of Philosophy, or Principles of Logic

and Argumentation (if not taken to satisfy

course work in Area C or F) ........................................ 0-3 hours

Choice of 3000/4000-level Philosophy courses ............... 12-15 hours

 

Minor Religious Studies ... 15 hours

At least four of these courses, 12 semester hours, must be taken in

courses with an REL or REL/PHIL designation. Select from:

REL 2020 REL/PHIL 3300 REL/PHIL 3310

REL 3330 REL 3340 REL 3370

REL/PHIL 3400 REL/PHIL 3410 REL 3390

REL 3500 REL 3600 REL 4700

REL 4710 SOCI 3150 ANTH 3070

ENGL 3310 HIST 3203

 

Minor Professional and Applied Ethics ... 15 hours

Introduction to Philosophy (if not taken to satisfy

course work in Area C or F) ............................................ .0-3 hrs

Choice of the following 3000/4000-level courses ................ 12-15 hrs

PHIL 3120 PHIL 4120 PHIL 3100

PHIL 3170 PHIL 3180 PHIL 3210

PHIL 4220 PHIL 3130 PHIL 3150

PHIL 3140 PHIL 3160 PHIL 3190  PHIL 4900

JOUR 3540 CRJU 3700

 

 

PROPOSED OUTCOMES/ASSESSMENTS

 

                        Selected Educational Outcomes (Philosophy Track)

 

1. To encourage an understanding of central issues, topics and philosophers in the history of philosophy, from the ancient to the modern periods.

2. To develop students’ abilities to think, write, and speak critically and logically.

3. To enable students to challenge their own ideas and to develop self-understanding in the context of a diverse range of ideas that inform contemporary controversies and social conflict.

4. To enable students to engage in independent philosophical research, and to be responsible for communicating their understanding of the issues researched and developed, including a working familiarity with current research methods.

 

Selected Educational Outcomes (Religious Studies Track)

 

1. To encourage an understanding of the world’s religious traditions and their influence on values, norms, and public policies.

2. To develop students’ critical and analytical skills and their abilities to articulate clearly an attention to multiple religious perspectives.

3. To enable students to challenge their own ideas and to develop self-understanding in the context of diverse ideas that in form contemporary controversies and social conflict.

4. To enable students to engage in independent research, to increase their sense of the problem and to communicate their understanding of the issues researched and developed in the context of current research methods in the discipline.

 Examples of Outcome Assessments (Philosophy Track)

1. The on-going evaluation of student examinations and research papers and reports of other scholarly activities outside the classroom.

2. Exit questionnaires to be administered to each student completing work for the major.

3. Surveys of graduates of the program to assess the relevancy of the program to their current work and their suggestions for refinements.

4. The use of university or external data that may become available to assess the quality of the program and the performance of its graduates.

 

Examples of Outcome Assessments (Religious Studies Track)

 

1.   The on-going evaluation of student examinations and research papers, and reports of other scholarly activities outside the classroom.

2. Exit questionnaires to be administered to each student completing work for the major.

 3. Surveys of graduates of the program to assess the relevancy of the program to their current work and their suggestions for refinements.

4.  The use of university or external data that may become available to assess the quality of the program and the performance of its graduates.

 

 

 

 

 

Dr. Christine A. James
Department of Philosophy
Valdosta  State University
Valdosta , GA 31698-0050
229-259-7609, Fax 229-259-5011
chjames@valdosta.edu
Philosophy Department home: http://teach.valdosta.edu/phi  
Philosophy Department Office Assistant: 229-333-5949
Dr. James personal site: http://teach.valdosta.edu/chjames/
Dr. James' CV is available at http://teach.valdosta.edu/chjames/jamescv.htm 
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