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Philosophy & Humanities

College of Arts & Sciences

The philosophy minor requires 18 credits in philosophy, 12 of which must be upper division courses.  Religious Studies courses do not count toward a minor in philosophy with the exception of 3230.

Effective the 2016/17 academic year, the philosophy minor will also require the following courses:

  • Choice of:
    PHIL 2030 Practical Reasoning   (OR)
    PHIL 3050 Symbolic Logic
  • And Choice of:
    PHIL 3010 History of Ancient Philosophy   (OR)
    PHIL 3030 History of Modern Philosophy

Students should plan their minor in consultation with an advisor from the Department of Philosophy and Humanities.  To find your advisor, please click the appropriate tab below.

Students with fewer than 60 completed credit hours

Advisement Resources & Careers Center (ARC)
Students with over 60 earned credit hours
215 Rogers-Stout Hall


Humanities seeks to provide a base for students to construct a better understanding of the spirit and meaning of their civilization. It draws fully on other departments within the university and attempts to show the interdependence of the various disciplines. By the consideration of the vast storehouse of historical, philosophical, religious, and artistic expressions, students are better able to find meaning for themselves as individuals. It is designed for the student desiring a firm background in the humanistic disciplines, and it should be of special interest to students planning to enter such professions as the ministry, law, or college teaching.

The humanities minor requires 24 credits, including:

  • HUMT 2310 Arts and Ideas I
  • HUMT 2320 Arts and Ideas II
  • HUMT 4950 Senior Seminar
  • 12 upper division credits approved by the Humanities advisor*

Effective academic year 2018/2019, the humanities minor will require 18 credits, including:

  • HUMT 2310 Arts and Ideas I
  • HUMT 2320 Arts and Ideas II
  • HUMT 4950 Interdisciplinary Humanities Seminar
  • 9 credits Humanities Electives*

*The specific electives for this program must be approved by the Humanities advisor, including courses in the following disciplines:

  • Art History
  • History
  • Literature (in any modern or classical language)
  • Introduction to Music or Music History
  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies
  • Theatre, Dance, and Storytelling

No courses counting toward the student's major field or Service-Learning or General Education Core courses (with the exception of HUMT 2310 and HUMT 2320) may be counted toward satisfying the Humanities Minor.

Students wishing to minor in Humanities should contact for advisement.  Her office is in 322A Rogers-Stout Hall.

The Religious Studies Minor is a 21-credit hour interdisciplinary program of study hosted by the Philosophy Department, and including faculty and courses from the departments of History, Sociology and Anthropology, English, Appalachian Studies, and other fields. The program is designed for students interested in the historical, social, scientific, and philosophical study of religions and religious thought throughout the world. It may be elected as preparation for professional graduate education in theology or ministry. Students specifically interested in critical and philosophical issues in the study of religions may also concentrate in religious studies within the philosophy major (see Philosophy Major [PHIA] Philosophy and Religious Studies Concentration [RELI]).

The minor in religious studies requires a minimum of 21 credits, including:

  • RELI 2210 Introduction to the Study of World Religions
  • PHIL 4047 Philosophy of Religion
  • SOAA 3800 Religion, Society, and Culture
  • One 3000+ course in Western Religion
  • One 3000+ course in Non-Western Religion
  • 6 additional credits, either RELI courses or courses from the approved list of guided electives

Note: It is possible to major in philosophy and minor in religious studies.

is the Program Coordinator of the Religious Studies Interdisciplinary Program.  His office is in Rogers-Stout 322B.

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