Philosophy and Religion Department Minors

Philosophy Religion

Philosophy Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts |

Physical Education Major

42 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

 

Philosophy Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

PHI-150 or
PHI-214

Critical Reasoning or
Introduction to Logic

3

PHI ELEC

Philosophy Elective Courses (6 crs must be upper-division)

9

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Completion of this minor requires submission of one thesis-driven research paper which investigates a question at the intersection of philosophy and the student's major. Students are encouraged to write this paper as part of one of their philosophy courses. They may also write it as part of a one-unit independent study course.

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Ability to write a Philosophy paper which:
  • Has a clear thesis
  • Has a clear and persuasive argument
  • Demonstrates ability to use standard research indexes
  • Demonstrates an understand of some philosophical contribution to the problem at hand

Religion Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts |

Religion Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

REL-100

Introduction to World Religions

3

REL-498

Religious Studies Seminar

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ATH-128

Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-302

Ritual, Myth, and Worldview

3

HIS-242

The History of Christianity

3

HIS-325

Ancient Greek Language and Literature I

3

HIS-326

Ancient Greek Language and Literature II

3

HIS-346

Reformation of the Sixteenth Century

3

HIS-363

History, Classical Archaeology, and the Rise of Christianity

3

HIS-364

The Life of Jesus: History an Archaeology

3

HIS-368

Jewish History

3

HIS-378

Liberation Theology

3

PHI-201

The Good Life

3

PHI-351

Philosophy of Religion

3

REL-112

New Testament Introduction

3

REL-202

Religious Studies Seminar

3

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-204

Islam

3

REL-205

Native American Religions

3

REL-210

Japanese Religions

3

REL-212

Buddhism in America

3

REL-220

Christian Spirituality

3

REL-225

Christian Theology

3

REL-348

Religion and Science

3

REL-349

Religion and Nature

3

REL-350

Religion and Ethics

3

SOC-304

The Sociology of Religion

3

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Demonstrated understanding of:
  • The concept: the phenomenon and nature of religion(s)
  • The traditions: the variety of religious traditions across the world
  • The discipline: the foundational methods and theories of religious studies

Associated Minors

Asian Studies Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts | Social Science & History |

Asian Studies Minor
Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete a Major outside the Humanities & Fine Arts PEAK

Complete the following:

ASN-494

Independent Study*

1

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ENG-225

Asia through its Movies

3

ENG-233

The Literature of Immigrants

3

ENG-324

Narratives against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-300

Zen

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

2

ASN-302.2

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

HIS-210

History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern Chinese History

3

HIS-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial China

3

HIS-345

Modern China

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia

3

HIS-357

Popular Culture in Modern Chinese

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Acquire a basic familiarity with major traditions and themes in the study of Asia across at least three disciplines
  • Think comparatively about at least three different regions of Asia
  • Demonstrate an ability to write thoughtfully and persuasively about Asia's diverse cultures and history  

*Note: ASN-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their ASN related courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

Asian Studies Minor
Social Science & History PEAK

16 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

Complete a Major outside the Social Science & History PEAK

Complete the following:

ASN-494

Independent Study *

1

Complete 9 credits from the following:

ASN-302.1

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

2

ASN-302.2

Southeast Asia: Traditions and Transitions

4

HIS-210

History of Modern East Asia

3

HIS-338

Modern India

3

HIS-340

Pre-Modern Chinese History

3

HIS-343

Religion and the State in Late Imperial China

3

HIS-345

Modern China

3

HIS-354

History of Southeast Asia

3

HIS-357

Popular Culture in Modern Chinese

3

HIS-384

Modern Japan

3

POE-321

Comparative Economics

3

POE-370

Political Economy of China

3

POE-371

Political Economy of Japan

3

POE-374

Political Economy of Southeast Asia

3

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-225

Asia Through its Movies

3

ENG-233

The Literature of Immigrants

3

ENG-323

Postcolonial Studies

3

ENG-324

Narratives against Oppression

3

ENG-325

Constructing World Literatures

3

PHI-367

Buddhist Philosophy

3

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-300

Zen

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication
  • Acquire a basic familiarity with major traditions and themes in the study of Asia across at least three disciplines
  • Think comparatively about at least three different regions of Asia
  • Demonstrate an ability to write thoughtfully and persuasively about Asia's diverse cultures and history  

*Note: ASN-494 Independent Study minors must expand a paper they have written for one of their ASN related courses. These "starred papers" will be graded on a pass/fail basis by the faculty member who originally supervised the project and should constitute
a polished piece of work that serves as the student's highest achievement in the minor.

Classics Minor

PEAKS | Social Science & History |

Classics Minor

15 credits

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

HIS-331

Ancient Greece

3

HIS-332

Ancient Rome

3

Complete 6 credits of either Greek or Latin.

Complete 3 additional credits dealing with the ancient world, including but notlimited to:

ART-239

Ancient to Medieval

3

ENG-371

The Epic Tradition

3

HIS-322

Latin Readings

1

HIS-327

Greek Readings

1

HIS-363

The Rise of Christianity

3

PHI-310

Ancient Philosophy

3

REL-112

Introduction to the New Testament

3

Student Learning Outcomes:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication 

Criminal Justice Studies Minor

PEAKS | Humanities & Fine Arts | Social Science & History | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Humanities and Fine Arts PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

Complete 6 credits from the following:

ENG-219

Thief-making and Thief Taking

3

ENG-226

Postmodernism and Human Rights Activism

3

ENG-232

Literature and Slavery

3

ENG-235

Prose and Cons

3

ENG-324

Narratives Against Oppression

3

PHI-331

Ethics

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Additional Fine Arts Course

Complete 3 credits from the following subject areas:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

* Six weeks before graduation, students will submit a portfolio of relevant work completed for the minor, such as exams and papers, including a two-page essay describing important academic lessons and skills acquired in this minor.

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Social Science and History PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS  

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-330

Criminology and Deviance

3

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

Choose 9 credits from the following:

ATH-202

Cultural Diversity

3

ATH-302A

Cultural Diversity

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

PSY-404

Abnormal Psychology

3

PSY-407

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-360

Race and Ethnic Relations

3

SOC-349

Social Stratification

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

Criminal Justice Studies Minor
Professional Studies and Enhancements PEAK

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

IND-368

The Prison Experience

5

SOC-330

Criminology and Deviance

3

SOC-494*

Independent Study

1

 

 

Complete 9 credits from the following:

 

BUS-391

The Legal Environment

3

CHE-124

Forensic Chemistry and Laboratory

3

EDU-300

Schools and Society

3

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

PSY-407

Introduction to Forensic Psychology

3

SOC-497

Internship

1-3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Critical thinking about the field from a number of disciplinary perspectives
  • Analytical reasoning applied to crime and prison related arguments
  • Problem solving in regards to social, political economy and humanitarian issues
  • Written communication through intensive journals, research and response papers
  • First-hand experience visiting adult & juvenile correctional facilities
  • Opportunities to explore criminal justice-related professions

Leadership Minor

PEAKS | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

Leadership Minor

15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

LSP-201

Leadership Theories, Styles, Realities

3

LSP-210 or
LSP-299T

Servant Leadership or
Leadership in Business

3

LSP-494

Independent Study

1

LSP-497

Internship in area of emphasis

3

Complete 2 classes (6cr.) from the broader curriculum related to area of emphasis (see below):

BUSINESS LEADERSHIP EMPHASIS

BUS-100

Introduction to Business (Required)

3

Complete 1 from the following:

 

BUS-200

Small Business Management

3

BUS-340

International Business

3

BUS-357

Organizational Behavior

3

BUS-358

Human Resource Management

3

BUS-453

Production and Operations Management

3

BUS-483

Project Management

 

CHRISTIAN EMPHASIS

REL-112

New Testament Introduction (Required)

3

Complete 1 from the following:

REL-220

Christian Spirituality

3

REL-225

Christian Theology

3

REL-348

Religion and Science

3

REL-399

Readings in Religion

3

Student Learning Outcomes

Through core leadership classes students will gain skills and concepts that will contribute to their effectiveness as leaders in multiple settings. Through interdisciplinary study, students will gain skills and concepts that will contribute to their effectiveness as leaders in their area of emphasis.

Students will gain other skills in:

  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving

Pre-Law Minor

PEAKS | Professional Studies & Enhancements |

The Pre-Law Minor is meant to create a foundation in preparation for a career in law. As a professional enhancement minor, the Pre Law Minor is further designed to help prepare students to succeed in law school. Through the minor students will be introduced to the American political system, precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and philosophical/ethical frameworks for judging legal questions.

Pre-Law Minor

18 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

POE-241

Introduction to Public Policy

3

POE-250

Introduction to Political Philosophy

3

POE-300

Constitutional Law I

3

POE-301 or
BUS-391

Constitutional Law II or
Legal Environment

3

Complete 1 course from the following (Department recommended courses -

ENG-219, ENG-235 or ENG-324)

ENG-200 Level or
ENG-300 Level

Introduction to Literary Studies Course or
Theory and Methods Course

3

Complete 1 Ethics course from the following:

PHI-201

The Good Life

3

PHI-202

Bioethics

3

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Help prepare students for a career in law by introducing them to the American political system, precedent-setting Supreme Court cases, and philosophical/ethical frameworks for judging legal questions
  • Help prepare students for law school by teaching them how to brief a constitutional law case and become comfortable and competent in reading and understanding constitutional jurisprudence
  • Critical Thinking
  • Analytical Reasoning
  • Problem Solving
  • Written Communication

There are multiple pathways to law school. No particular major is recommended. Indeed law schools accept students who have majored in everything from Music to Environmental Studies. Regardless of the major, students would benefit from courses in several disciplines not equired for the minor including: International Relations, History, Sociology, and Environmental Studies.