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Major Concentration

THE MAJOR CONCENTRATION IN PHILOSOPHY AND WESTERN RELIGIONS IS NOT AVAILABLE FOR THE 2013-2014 ACADEMIC YEAR.

On this page: Option A | Option B

36 credits

The Major Concentration in Philosophy and Western Religions has an option without language requirement (Option A), and an option with language requirement (Option B). The latter was designed for students who wish to acquire the linguistic skills allowing them to read and research source texts in the original languages. Students will benefit most from the Major Concentration if they combine it with a program in Philosophy, Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, Religious Studies, or Classics. Students are also encouraged to complete a Minor Concentration in one of the languages relevant to the academic field.

Note: Not all courses listed below are offered every year, and some of the courses have limited enrollment.

Required Course

3 credits

Course Number, Number of Credits, and Course Title

RELG 307 Bible, Quran & Interpretations


Complementary Courses

33 credits

Philosophy and Western Religions

3 to 9 credits

Course Number, Number of Credits, and Course Title

PHWR 300 Philosophy & West. Religions 1


PHWR 301 Philosophy & West. Religions 2


PHWR 500D1 Interdisciplinary Seminar
PHWR 500D2 Interdisciplinary Seminar


Note: Students are strongly encouraged to take both PHWR 300 and PHWR 301.

24 to 30 credits taken in either Option A or Option B as follows:

Option A - Without Language Component

History of Philosophy

9 to 12 credits

  • At least one of:

Course Number, Number of Credits, and Course Title

PHIL 354 Plato


PHIL 355 Aristotle


  • At least one of:

PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy


PHIL 357 Late Medieval&Renaissance Phil


PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy

  • The remaining Credits, if any, to be chosen from:

Course Number, Number of Credits, and Course Title

CLAS 415 Advanced Latin: Oratory


CLAS 426 Advanced Greek: Philosophy


PHIL 345 Greek Political Theory


PHIL 350 Hist & Phil of Ancient Sci


PHIL 353 The Presocratic Philosophers


PHIL 452 Later Greek Philosophy


PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphys&Naturl Phil


PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory


PHIL 551 Seminar:Ancient Philosophy 2


PHIL 556 Seminar:Medieval Philosophy


PHIL 560 course description not available


Scriptures and History of the Western Religions Traditions

3 to 6 credits

To be chosen from the Complementary Course List - Scriptures and History of the Western Religions Traditions.

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

9 to 12 credits

To be chosen from the Complementary Course List - Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought, with a maximum of 6 credits from any one of the three groups.

Option B - With Language Component

History of Philosophy

6 to 9 credits

  • At least one of:

Course Number, Number of Credits, and Course Title

PHIL 354 Plato


PHIL 355 Aristotle


  • At least one of:

PHIL 356 Early Medieval Philosophy


PHIL 357 Late Medieval&Renaissance Phil


PHIL 360 17th Century Philosophy


  • The remaining Credits, if any, to be chosen from:

Course Number, Number of Credits, and Course Title

CLAS 415 Advanced Latin: Oratory


CLAS 426 Advanced Greek: Philosophy


PHIL 345 Greek Political Theory


PHIL 350 Hist & Phil of Ancient Sci


PHIL 353 The Presocratic Philosophers


PHIL 452 Later Greek Philosophy


PHIL 453 Ancient Metaphys&Naturl Phil


PHIL 454 Ancient Moral Theory


PHIL 551 Seminar:Ancient Philosophy 2


PHIL 556 Seminar:Medieval Philosophy


PHIL 560 course description not available


Scriptures and History of the Western Religious Traditions

0 to 3 credits

To be chosen from the Complementary Course List - Scriptures and History of the Western Religions Traditions.

Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought

6 to 9 credits

To be chosen from the Complementary Course List - Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Thought, with a maximum of 6 credits from any one of the three groups.

Languages

12 to 15 credits

(Two years: 12 credits, or in the case of Arabic, 15 Credits) in one language (Greek, Latin, Arabic, or Hebrew), chosen from the Complementary Course List - Languages.