Academic Departments and Programs

Philosophy and Religious Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies invites and provokes students to examine themselves and the world in more comprehensive ways, as well as to look at the most fundamental aspects of human reasoning and discourse. The department also continues the College's heritage of examining the religious dimensions of human existence in a non-sectarian manner as essential to a liberal arts education.

Why study Philosophy and Religious Studies at The College of Idaho?

The department offers a major and a minor both in philosophy and in religious studies. Majors or minors in philosophy or religious studies serve as excellent complements to other disciplines in the College's PEAK curriculum. Recent graduates have combined either philosophy or religious studies with fields as diverse as biology, history, music, chemistry, literature, and political economy. Our faculty encourages such creative combinations, and internships in religious studies or philosophy often are cross-disciplinary with another field.

C of I philosophy majors can emphasize areas such as ethics and the analytic tradition. Independent studies can be arranged for in-depth exploration of special topics of interest. The religious studies curriculum offers specialties in comparative approaches to religious traditions, ethics, and issues in science and the environment. Regardless of the emphasis chosen by the student, the department affirms the wisdom of the maxim that "Those who know only one religious tradition know none."

Career Opportunities for C of I Philosophy and Religious Studies Students

A major in philosophy provides excellent preparation for graduate work in law, ethics, religion, philosophy, and other fields in which reasoning and argumentation skills or ability to work at a high level of abstraction are important. Likewise a major in religious studies is beneficial for these areas in addition to ministry, social work, medicine, education, or other careers. By pairing study of philosophy or religious studies with another discipline, the College's PEAK curriculum opens a wide range of career and graduate school opportunities to our students.

Majors

Philosophy Major

34 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)

Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

PHI-214

Introduction to Logic

3

PHI-310

Ancient Philosophy

3

PHI-311

Modern Philosophy

3

PHI-498

Philosophy Seminar (required to be taken yearly)

1-4

PHI-499

Senior Thesis

1-2

PHI ELEC

Philosophy Elective Courses
(3 crs may be taken from POE-350 or HIS-349)

16-20

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Religious Studies Major
34 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)
Course Course Title Credits

MAJOR REQUIREMENTS

Area I

REL-100

Introduction to World Religions

3

REL-498

Religious Studies Seminar

3

Area II

Complete 6 credits from the following:

REL-112

New Testament Introduction

3

REL-202

Christianity

3

REL-204

Islam

3

REL-220

Christian Spirituality

3

REL-225

Christian Theology

3

3 credits from the following may be used to help fulfill Area II requirement:

HIS-242

The History of Christianity

3

HIS-325

Ancient Greek Language and Literature I

3

HIS-326

Ancient Greek Language and Literature II

2

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

Area III

Complete 6 credits from the following:

REL-203

Buddhism

3

REL-205

Native American Religions

3

REL-210

Japanese Religions

3

REL-212

Buddhism in America

3

3 credits from the following may be used to help fulfill Area III requirement:

ATH-128

Understanding Spirit in Art and Culture

3

ATH-302

Ritual, Myth, and Worldview

3

HIS-221

Chinese Religions

3

Area IV

Complete 6 credits from the following:

PHI-201

The Good Life

3

PHI-351

Philosophy of Religion

3

REL-348

Religion and Science

3

REL-349

Religion and Nature

3

REL-350

Religion and Ethics

3

3 credits from the following may be used to help fulfill Area IV requirement:

SOC-304

The Sociology of Religion

3

Area V

REL ELEC

Religious Studies Elective coursework

6

Area VI

REL-499

Senior Thesis

1

Area VII

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Associated Majors

Minors

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

Notes

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.

Religious Studies Minor
15 credits (Total does not include prerequisite courses)
Course Course Title Credits

MINOR REQUIREMENTS

REL-100

Introduction to World Religions

3

Complete 3 credits from the following:

PHI-351

Philosophy of Religion

3

REL-348

Religion and Science

3

REL-349

Religion and Nature

3

REL-350

Religion and Ethics

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-221

Chinese Religions

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

2

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

REL-112

New Testament Introduction

3

REL-202

Christianity

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 ELEC

Religious Studies elective coursework

3

SOC-304

The Sociology of Religion

3

Complete 3 credits from the following subjects:

ART

Art

3

MUS

Music

3

THE

Theatre

3

Associated Minors