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Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies




Major (for students entering ODU in Fall 2010 or later)

Departmental Requirements
The requirements are a minimum of 33 credit hours in 300- and 400-level PHIL and REL courses, nine hours of which must be at the 400 level. Students must select one of the following three concentrations.               

General Concentration
History of Philosophy PHIL 330, 331, and another course (e.g., a seminar) focusing
on 18th century or earlier philosophy and approved by the department as meeting this
requirement
Logic: PHIL 340
Recent Philosophy: 6 hours from PHIL 304, 305, 404, 406, 411, 431, 434, or another
course (e.g., a seminar) focusing on 19th century or later philosophy and approved
by the department as meeting this requirement
Ethics and Values: 3 hours from PHIL 302, 313, 324, 410, 411, 441E, 442E
Seminar: At least 3 hours from PHIL 491, 492, 493, 494
Philosophy Electives: To total at least nine hours in philosophy (PHIL) courses

 


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Students may "double count" a seminar toward their seminar requirement and either the history of philosophy or recent philosophy requirement, as appropriate.  In that case, they will need to take an additional 3 hours of philosophy (PHIL) elective credit, for a total of 12.  Religious Studies (REL) courses can only be counted as philosophy electives with the prior consent of the chief departmental advisor.

Religious Studies Concentration
History of Philosophy PHIL 330, 331, and another course (e.g., a seminar)
focusing on 18th century or earlier philosophy and approved by the department
as meeting this requirement        
Recent Philosophy: 6 hours from PHIL 304, 305, 404, 406, 411, 431, 434, or
another course (e.g., a seminar) focusing on 19th century or later philosophy and approved by the department as meeting this requirement    
Seminar: At least 3 hours from PHIL 491, 492, 493, 494    
Religious Studies:
Philosophy of Religion: PHIL 313        
Religious Traditions: 9 hours total from Western (REL 311, 312, 350, 351,
or 352) and Eastern (PHIL 353, 354, 427, 480, 481, 482, or 485) religious
traditions, with at least 3 hours in each group     
Philosophy and Religion Elective: 3 hours in PHIL or REL courses   




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Students may "double count" a seminar toward their seminar requirement and
either the history of philosophy or recent philosophy requirement, as
appropriate.  In that case, they will need to take an additional 3 hours of
philosophy (PHIL) or religious studies (REL) elective credit, for a total of 6.

Political and Legal Studies Concentration
History of Philosophy: PHIL 330, 331      
Logic: PHIL 340          
Recent Philosophy: 6 hours from PHIL 304, 305, 404, 406, 411, 431, 434, or another
course (e.g., a seminar) focusing on 19th century or later philosophy and approved
by the department as meeting this requirement     
Seminar: At least 3 hours from PHIL 491, 492, 493, 494     
Political and Legal Core: 6 hours from PHIL 304, 410, 411, 412, or 441  
Political and Legal Electives: 6 hours either from additional courses from the Political 
and Legal Studies Core or from PHIL 302, 303E, 345E, 355E, 442E  
Philosophy Elective: 3 hours in philosophy (PHIL) courses    

 
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Students may "double count" a seminar toward their seminar requirement and either the history of philosophy or recent philosophy requirement, as appropriate.  In that case, they will need to take an additional 3 hours of philosophy (PHIL) elective credit, for a total of 6.  Religious Studies (REL) courses can only be counted as philosophy electives with the prior consent of the chief departmental advisor.

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.