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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies




Majors(for students who entered ODU prior to Fall 2010)

Bachelor of Arts-Philosophy Majors

The requirements are a minimum of 30 hours in 300- and 400-level philosophy courses, nine hours of which must be at the 400 level, as follows:

  1. History of Philosophy and Logic-PHIL 330U, 331U, and 340U.
  2. Recent Philosophy. Six hours from: PHIL 304U, 305U, 404U, 406U, 411U, 431U, or a seminar in 19th or 20th century philosophy.
  3. Ethics and Values. Three hours from: PHIL 301U, 302U, 303U, 313U, 324U, 344T, 345U, 355T, 410U, 411U, 412U, 441U, 442U, 451.
  4. Seminar. At least three hours from: PHIL 491, 492, 493, 494.
  5. Philosophy Electives. To total at least nine hours in philosophy courses.

Bachelor of Arts-Philosophy Major with a Religious Studies Emphasis

The requirements are a minimum of 30 hours in 300- and 400-level religious studies and philosophy courses, nine hours of which must be at the 400 level, as follows:

  1. History of Philosophy. PHIL 330U and 331U.
  2. Recent Philosophy. Same as Philosophy major.
  3. Seminar. Same as Philosophy major.
  4. PHIL 313
  5. Nine hours from:
    REL 311, 312, 350, 351, or 352 (at least 3, but no more than 6 hours);
    PHIL 353, 354, 427, 480, 481, 482, or 485 (at least 3, but no more
    than 6 hours).
  6. Electives:  At least three hours in philosophy courses

Bachelor of Arts-Philosophy Major with an Emphasis in Political and Legal Studies

The requirements are a minimum of 30 hours in 300- and 400-level philosophy courses, nine hours of which must be at the 400 level, as follows:

  1. History of Philosophy and Logic-PHIL 330U, 331U, and 340U.
  2. Recent Philosophy. Same as Philosophy major.
  3. Seminar. Same as Philosophy major.
  4. Political and Legal Studies. Twelve hours as follows: At least six hours from PHIL 301U, 304U, 410U, 411U, 412U, 418U, or 441U.
    Other course options: Phil 302U, 303U, 341U, 345U, 355T, 442U.
  5. At least six hours from among the following courses outside of philosophy: COMM 331, COMM 333, CRJS 215S, CRJS 222, CRJS 320, CRJS 462, FIN 331, HIST 453, HIST 454, POLS 101S, POLS 306, POLS 402, POLS 408.

Double major arrangement with Political Science

The departments of Political Science and Philosophy have established an arrangement that makes it possible to complete a double major in as few as 55 hours, little more than the 45-49 hours needed for a major in one and a minor in the other.  Philosophy majors on the Political-Legal Studies track double-majoring in Political Science will be allowed to count any two of the following Political Science courses toward their philosophy major: POLS 310 (Political Theory), POLS 312 (American Political Thought), POLS 403 (First Amendment Freedoms), POLS 404/504 Political Rights, POLS 408 (American Constitutional Law & Politics I), POLS 409 American Constitutional Law & Politics II, POLS 419 (Jurisprudence), or POLS 492 (Classics in Political Theory).  These courses will count toward the twelve hour requirement in political-legal study courses, but students will still be required to do at least six hours from PHIL 301U, 304U, 410U, 411U, 412U, 418U, or 441U.  Students doing the accelerated B.A./M.A. in Philosophy and Humanities can count no more than one 500-level Political Science course as a "bridge" course.  Political Science "topics" courses may also be counted as Philosophy electives when the topic covered is appropriate; prior approval is required from the Chief Departmental Advisor of Philosophy and Religious Studies.  Political Science will also double count certain Philosophy courses towards its major for double majors; see the Political Science section of the university catalog for details.