Requirements for the Religion Minor

A religion minor includes six courses: PHL 100 (Intro. to Philosophy), 111 (Comparative Western), 112 (Comparative Eastern), plus three departmentally approved courses of significant religious content either inside or outside the department. External courses regularly counting for the religion minor should normally be examined and approved by the core religion faculty.

PHL 100 Introduction to PhilosophyRequirements

.This course introduces the discipline of philosophy and its characteristic habits of thought and practice. Topics and readings vary with instructor. The course often studies Western philosophy starting in ancient Greek texts and moving up through classical and contemporary readings, where readings may be organized both chronically and thematically. Students will become familiar with major sub-disciplines and problems in philosophy such as metaphysics, ethics, logic, philosophy of science, hermeneutics, philosophy of religion, and political philosophy. Non-western philosophical traditions such as Confucianism and Buddhism may also be introduced.

This course offers an introductory study of the central ideas in living western religions. The course concentrates on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The readings focus on the primary religious texts of each religion. Consideration is also given to philosophical issues common to western religions

This introductory course aims to increase religious literacy on the philosophical, societal, and practical aspects of major Eastern religions, such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism (Ruism), and Daoism. While focusing on the discussion of Eastern religions, historical and cultural distinctions of major Asian countries and areas, such as India, Nepal, Tibet, China, and Japan, will also be studied. Readings will mostly be selected from primary classical texts dealing with Hinduism, Buddhism, Zen Buddhism, Confucianism, and Taoism. No prerequisites.