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Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Philosophy (RELPHILBA)Department of Religious Studies

Students on Summer 2020, Fall 2020, or Spring 2021 requirements.

Description

The Interdepartmental Bachelor of Arts in Religious Studies and Philosophy allows students to study both disciplines within a single major. It offers students an opportunity to explore and understand the religious traditions and various expressions of religious life around the world, as well as to explore foundational questions about who we are, what we can know, how we should live, and what there is. The program teaches a variety of approaches to the academic study of religion and religion's intersections with other aspects of human society and culture. It also emphasizes study of the history of philosophy and training in contemporary philosophical research, including skills in identifying and critically evaluating arguments, thinking clearly and independently, writing analytically, and applying principles of logic and good reasoning. The program prepares students for a wide variety of careers, including careers in education, the social sciences, law, medicine, public service, and politics.

Major requirements

The major requires at least 42 credit hours, including the requirements listed below.

  1. Philosophy of Religion. One (1) course:
  2. Religious Studies Courses.
    1. Area D. One (1) course:
    2. Area A, Area B, Area C. One (1) course chosen from two different areas (2 courses total):
    3. Seminar. One (1) course:
    4. 300–499 Level Religious Studies. 12 credit hours:
    5. 400–499 Level Religious Studies. Three (3) credit hours:
    6. Religious Studies Electives. Additional Religious Studies courses, as needed, to reach 21 credit hours:
      • Additional courses from the Area C list.
      • Additional courses from the Area A, Area B, Area D list.
      • One of:
  3. Philosophy Courses.
    1. Ethics and Value Theory. One (1) course:
    2. History of Philosophy. One (1) course:
    3. Epistemology and Metaphysics. One (1) course:
    4. Logic. One (1) course:
    5. Research. One (1) course:
    6. Philosophy Electives. Additional courses, as needed, to fulfill remaining requirements:
      • One (1) of:
      • One (1) of:
    7. 300–499 Level Philosophy. At least 12 credit hours in philosophy courses must be at the 300–499 level.
  4. GPA and Hours Requirements.
    1. Major Residency. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed in courses taken through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
    2. Major Upper Division Courses. At least 18 credit hours in the major must be completed at the 300–499 level.
    3. Minimum Grade. Except for the GPA requirement, a grade of C- or higher is required for a course to count toward a requirement in the major.
    4. Major GPA. A GPA of at least 2.000 for all courses taken in the major—including those where a grade lower than C- is earned—is required.
    5. College Breadth. At least 38 credit hours must be completed in courses from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines outside of the major area.

Bachelor of Arts requirements

The Bachelor of Arts degree requires at least 120 credit hours, to include the following:

  1. College of Arts and Sciences Credit Hours. At least 100 credit hours must come from College of Arts and Sciences disciplines.
  2. Upper Division Courses. At least 42 credit hours (of the 120) must be at the 300–499 level.
  3. College Residency. Following completion of the 60th credit hour toward degree, at least 36 credit hours of College of Arts and Sciences coursework must be completed through the Indiana University Bloomington campus or an IU-administered or IU co-sponsored Overseas Study program.
  4. College GPA. A cumulative grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.000 is required for all courses taken at Indiana University.
  5. CASE Requirements. The following College of Arts and Sciences Education (CASE) requirements must be completed:
    1. CASE Foundations
      1. English Composition: 1 course
      2. Mathematical Modeling: 1 course
    2. CASE Breadth of Inquiry
      1. Arts and Humanities: 4 courses
      2. Natural and Mathematical Sciences: 4 courses
      3. Social and Historical Studies: 4 courses
    3. CASE Culture Studies
      1. Diversity in the United States: 1 course
      2. Global Civilizations and Cultures: 1 course
    4. CASE Critical Approaches: 1 course
    5. CASE Foreign Language: Proficiency in a single foreign language through the second semester of the second year of college-level coursework
    6. CASE Intensive Writing: 1 course
    7. CASE Public Oral Communication: 1 course
  6. Major. Completion of the major as outlined in the Major Requirements section above.

Most students must also succesfully complete the Indiana University Bloomington General Education program.