Philosophy and Religion

Major in Philosophy and Religion

Students can major in Philosophy & Religion with an Emphasis in Philosophy or an Emphasis in Religion. The requirements and SLOs for each are outlined below.

Emphasis in Philosophy

Requirements for B.A. Degree with a Major in Philosophy & Religion with an emphasis in Philosophy: 36 hours.

  • PAR 101: Invitation to Philosophical Thinking
  • PAR 103: Introduction to Religion
  • PAR 110: Introduction to Logic
  • PAR 115: Introduction to Ethics
  • PAR 201: History of Western Philosophy I
  • PAR 202: History of Western Philosophy II
  • PAR 400: Colloquium for Majors
  • and 15 additional hours at 300-400 level, 9 of which must be in philosophy.

An overall grade point average of "C" (2.00) or better is required in courses counted toward the major. In accordance with UNCW residency requirement, at least 15 hours at the 300-400 level must be taken at UNCW.

SLOs for the Philosophy Concentration:

  • The student is able to formulate a thesis on a philosophy topic.
  • The student is able to develop an argument for the thesis.
  • The student is able to criticize the thesis.
  • The student is able to communicate effectively in writing.

Emphasis in Religion

Requirements for B.A. Degree with a Major in Philosophy & Religion with an emphasis in Religion: 36 hours.

  • PAR 101: Invitation to Philosophical Thinking
  • PAR 103: Introduction to Religion
  • PAR 110: Introduction to Logic
  • PAR 125: Great Books of the World's Religions
  • PAR 230: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam
  • PAR 232: Asian Religions
  • PAR 400: Colloquium for Majors
  • and 15 additional hours at the 300-400 level, 9 of which must be in religion.

An overall grade point average of "C" (2.00) or better is required in courses counted toward the major. In accordance with UNCW residency requirement, at least 15 hours at the 300-400 level must be taken at UNCW.

SLOs for the Religion Concentration:

  • The student is able to demonstrate knowledge of major religious traditions.
  • The student is able to demonstrate knowledge of major scriptures.
  • The student is able to develop an argument in support of an important topic.

Competency Requirements

  • Computer Competency Requirement: To satisfy the computer competency requirement for the B.A. degree in philosophy and religion a student must successfully complete PAR 400.
  • Oral Communication Competency Requirement: To satisfy the oral communication competency requirement for the B.A. degree in philosophy and religion a student must successfully complete PAR 400.
  • Applied Learning Requirement: To satisfy the applied learning requirement for the B.A. degree in philosophy and religion a student must turn in to the department chair, before graduation, an independent research project completed in PAR 400, 491, 495 or 499.