Sample Degree Pathway for Philosophy - Philosophy & Religious Studies Option

For students who entered fall 2015 and beyond.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010/
HONR.1100
College Writing I/FYSH (CW) 3
MATH.xxxx MATH.1110 recommended (MATH)1 3
PHIL.2010 Intro to Philosophy (CTPS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 1 & Culture 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 College Writing II (CW) 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts & Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
PHIL.2030 Intro to Ethics (SRE) 3
WLxx.xxxx Language 2 & Culture 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.2960 Intro to World Religions (DCA) 3
PHIL.3xxx Philosophy and Religion Elective (see list) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL) 4
xxxx.xxxx Arts & Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 & Culture or World Ready Elective2 3
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.3xxx Philosophy and Religion Elective (see list) 3
xxxx.xxxx Religion Elective Outside Philosophy Department3 3
xxxx.xxxx Social Sciences Persp. (SS) 3
xxxx.xxxx Science with Lab Persp. (SCL) 4
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 & Culture or World Ready Elective2 3
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Religion Elective Outside Philosophy Department3 3
xxxx.xxxx Religion Elective Outside Philosophy Department3 3
xxxx.xxxx STEM Persp. (STEM) 3
xxxx.xxxx Arts & Hum. Persp. (AH) 3
xxxx.xxxx World Ready Elective2 or Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective (any level) 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Senior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.4951 Senior Capstone (AIL), (WOC), (IL) 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Total Minimum Credits = 120.

1To satisfy the Core Curriculum Quantitative Literacy (QL) ELO, Philosophy majors in the Religious Studies option can either take PHIL.2020 Introduction to Logical and Critical Thinking, or an approved (QL) ELO course outside the major (e.g., MATH.1110 Math Perspectives, ECON.1010 Economics I, or MATH.2830 Intro. to Statistics).

2World Ready Language Track (WR track) requires successful completion of a two course sequence in a World Language (depending on placement) and three approved courses on the culture/history/literature/film related to that language, but taught in English. (Total of 15 credits.) For detailed information refer to Policies - Language Requirements in the undergraduate catalog.

3Students in this option may take up to three interdisciplinary classes directly relevant to the Religious Studies program. Please consult with your advisor about selecting available courses relevant to your interests and career goals. 

See your advisor for a list of courses.

Philosophy majors under this option will be required to complete 30 total credits in Philosophy, with a minimum of 15 credits at the 3000 level or higher. 

Required Courses (9.0 credits)

  • PHIL.2010 Introduction to Philosophy (CTPS)
  • PHIL.2030 Introduction to Ethics (SRE)
  • PHIL.2960 Introduction to World Religions (DCA)

Philosophy and Religious Studies Courses (15 credits)

Students must take a total of 15 credits of approved philosophy and religious studies electives.

Upper Level Philosophy and Religion Courses (minimum 6 credits)

Students must take a minimum of 6 credits (2 courses) must be completed from the approved list of Philosophy and Religion Courses

  • PHIL.3040 God and Philosophy
  • PHIL.3400 Mysticism: East and West
  • PHIL.3480 Eastern Philosophy and Religion
  • PHIL.3500 World Philosophies
  • PHIL.3510 Problem of Evil
  • PHIL.3570 Science and Religion
  • PHIL.3710 Buddhist and Zen Philosophy
  • PHIL.3720 Chinese Philosophy
  • PHIL.3730 Arabic and Islamic Philosophy
  • PHIL.3740 Myth, Ritual and Festival

Religion Electives outside Philosophy (maximum 9 credits)

Students may take up to a maximum of 9 credits (three courses) in approved philosophy and religious studies courses outside of the department. Exceptions to include other courses may be requested by petition.

  • ENGL.2500 The Bible As Literature
  • POLI.3340 Islam and Politics
  • POLI.4020 Women in Islam
  • SOCI.3570 The Sociology of Religion

Additional Elective (3 credits)

Students under this option must take at least one additional Philosophy course at any level, or one additional course from the “Religion Electives outside Philosophy” list.

Senior Capstone (3 credits) (AIL), (WOC), (IL)

Students must complete a thesis in the Senior Capstone.

  • PHIL. 4951 Senior Capstone

Note: To satisfy the (QL) ELO requirement, Philosophy majors in the Religious Studies option can either take PHIL.2020 Introduction to Logic and Critical Thinking or an approved (QL) ELO course outside the major.

No more than two Breadth of Knowledge courses can be taken with the same prefix. The Core Curriculum courses may be taken in any sequence. Refer to the Core Curriculum website for further details. You should meet with your faculty advisor to determine how you will meet the Core Curriculum requirements.

Current UMass Lowell students should be using their advisement report in SiS. If you need assistance, please contact your advisor.

Restriction on off-campus study:

Be advised that any course taken at another institution must be formally approved prior to enrollment. See the catalog policy for details.

Last updated: 10/25/2017