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Dept. of History, Philosophy, Religion, & Legal Studies
Dr. Scott Davison, Department Chair
Heather McGuire,
Academic Departmental Specialist
354 Rader Hall
Morehead, KY 40351
Phone: 606-783-2655
Fax: 606-783-5096
E-mail: hprl@moreheadstate.edu

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Philosophy- Religious Studies

Program Info

Philosophy and religious studies degree programs emphasize flexible, independent thinking. Students learn to analyze complex arguments by identifying assumptions in classical and contemporary debates and tracing the origins of those views back into the history of ideas. As a result, they learn to express themselves clearly and precisely in writing and speech. 

American Philosophical Association Resources for Students

> See what our graduates are saying: Video

Interview with Charles Joshua Horn, recent MSU philosophy graduate and philosophy professor

 Philosopher Scientists

Dept. of History, Philosophy, Religion, & Legal Studies Main Webpage

Accreditations

Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy 

Options:   

Philosophy Emphasis (Major)

Philosophy Emphasis (Area of Concentration)

Religious Studies Emphasis (Major)

Religious Studies Emphasis (Area of Concentration)

Philosophy
--Graduate school in philosophy or related fields in the humanities, such as theology (philosophy majors typically outscore all other majors on the verbal and analytical writing sections of the GRE, the entrance exam for such programs)
--Law school (philosophy majors outscore all other majors except for physics, mathematics, and economics on the LSAT, the entrance exam for law school)
--Graduate school in business (philosophy majors outscore all other majors except physics, mathematics, and engineering on the GMAT, the entrance exam for MBA programs)
--Ethics (medical ethics, environmental ethics, research)
--Publishing (technical writing or editing)

MSU Admission Requirements

Program Requirements:

PHILOSOPHY MAJOR:

Required Core (15 hours):

  • 100-Beginning Philosophy
  • 303-Ethics
  • 306-Introduction to Logic
  • 355-Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • 356-Modern and Contemporary Philosophy

Philosophy Track (15 hours):

  • At least two of the following:  400 Philosophy of Science, 403 Ethical Theory, 420 Metaphysics, or 430 Epistemology
  • 3 other philosophy course from Group A below

Religious Studies Track (15 hours):

  • PHIL 307-Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 320-Eastern Philosophy
  • 3 other courses from Group B below

PHILOSOPHY MINOR (21 hours):

  • 100-Beginning Philosophy
  • 306-Introduction to Logic
  • 355-Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • 356-Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • 3 courses chosen from Group A below

RELIGIOUS STUDIES MINOR (24 hours):

  • PHIL 306-Introduction to Logic
  • PHIL 307-Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 320-Eastern Philosophy
  • PHIL 341-Philosophy and Death
  • 4 courses chosen from Group B below

PHILOSOPHY AREA OF CONCENTRATION (48 hours total; requires no additional minor):

Required Core (24 hours):

  • 100-Beginning Philosophy
  • 303-Ethics
  • 306-Introduction to Logic
  • 355-Ancient and Medieval Philosophy
  • 356-Modern and Contemporary Philosophy
  • 400-Philosophy of Science
  • 420-Metaphysics
  • 430-Epistemology

Philosophy Option (24 hours):

  • 8 other philosophy courses from Group A below

Religious Studies Option (24 hours):

  • PHIL 307-Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 320-Eastern Philosophy
  • PHIL 321-The Meaning of Life
  • PHIL 341-Philosophy and Death
  • 4 other courses chosen from Group B below

 

Group A: Philosophy Option Courses
PHIL 303, Ethics
PHIL 307, Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 308, Philosophy of the Arts
PHIL 312, Symbolic Logic
PHIL 313, American Philosophy
PHIL 320, Eastern Philosophy
PHIL 321, The Meaning of Life
PHIL 333, Environmental Ethics
PHIL 341, Philosophy and Death
PHIL 351, Philosophy of Love and Sex
PHIL 361, Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 389, Honors Seminar
PHIL 399, Special Courses
PHIL 400, Philosophy of Science
PHIL 403, Ethical Theory
PHIL 410, Current Philosophy
PHIL 420, Metaphysics
PHIL 430, Epistemology
PHIL 476, Special Problems*

Group B: Religious Studies Option Courses
ART 263, World Arts
ART 264, Art History II
ART 362, Medieval Art
ART 363, Renaissance Art
ART 467, Native American Art
ENG 325, Religious Literature of the World
ENG 367, Old Testament Literature
ENG 368, New Testament Literature.
GEO 370, Geography of World Religions
HIS 210, Early World Civilizations
HIS 313, Religion in American History
HIS 356, Medieval Europe
HIS 357, The Renaissance and Reformation
HIS 374, The Middle East
HON 200, Interdisciplinary Honors Core I: The Ancient World
HON 205, Interdisciplinary Honors Core II: The Medieval World
HUM 203, Introduction to Medieval Culture
PHIL 305, Good and Evil
PHIL 321, The Meaning of Life
PHIL 341, Philosophy and Death
PHIL 399, Special Courses
PHIL 400, Philosophy of Science
PHIL 476, Special Problems* 
REL 321, Early & Medieval Christian Thought
REL 322, Modern Christian Thought
REL 323, Twentieth-Century Christian Thought
REL 476, Special Problems*

* No more than 3 hours of either PHIL 476 or REL 476 can count toward the fulfillment of the requirements for a major or a minor. 


View complete list of Philosophy/Religious Studies courses.

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354 Rader Hall
Morehead State University
Morehead, KY40351

Primary Phone: 606.783.2655
Fax: 606.783.5096

E-mail: Dr. Christina Conroy

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“The history program at MSU is analytical and has given me the writing skills and tools I need to be competitive for internships and graduate school. Faculty members have always been supportive and have motivated me to expand my knowledge and experience. This summer I will be interning at the Alice Paul Institute outside of Philadelphia, where I will be working in archival studies along side authors and collaborating with curators across the state.  I am thankful the history program at MSU has prepared me for such opportunities.”

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