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The Department of Philosophy & Religion offers several programs: a major in philosophy, an interdisciplinary philosophy and religion major, and a minor in philosophy.
The major in philosophy requires a minimum of 44 hours beyond Phil 100, including the following courses: 234; two of the following (237, 238, 340); the two courses in the history of philosophy sequence (102, 202); and either 480 or 483. With departmental approval, a maximum of three courses in religion may be applied to the philosophy major.
In addition to major requirements, the student must complete the general education courses (60 to 65 hours) required of all Arts and Sciences students graduating with the Bachelor of Arts degree. This leaves the student with 60 to 70 free elective hours which the student may use according to his or her particular interests and career goals. Students should select elective courses with the same care used in choosing a major. The department recommends that students consider a couple of options in selecting elective courses: (a) a second major, for example, history or literature along with the philosophy major; or (b) a minor in another subject. However one chooses to use the elective hours, it is important to remember that careful planning will enrich one's program of studies while at ONU and increase the options available upon graduation.
Philosophy Major with Prelaw Emphasis:
The major in philosophy with a prelaw emphasis includes all of the requirements for the philosophy major with the following core courses for prelaw students: Phil 234 , Phil 238 , and Phil 320 or Phil 351. more information
Interdisciplinary Philosophy and Religion Major:
For many years the department has offered a combined philosophy and religion major. This major consists of 44 hours chosen from philosophy and religion courses with the approval of the student's advisor. This major provides a greater choice of courses and thus more flexibility in one's schedule than the philosophy major. Student interest and career objectives are reasons for some students' choice of this option. Selection of courses is subject to approval by the department and must include 480 or 481 or else 483 or 484.
For students who have other majors or specific career objectives requiring a non-philosophy major but who also have an interest in the study of philosophy, the philosophy minor is a means of meeting that interest. The minor in philosophy requires a minimum of 28 hours in philosophy, including 234 and two of the following (102, 202, 237, 340).
Philosophy Minor with Prelaw Emphasis:
A minor in philosophy with a prelaw emphasis includes all of the requirements for the philosophy minor with the following core courses for prelaw students: Phil 234, Phil 238, and Phil 320 or Phil 351.