Sample Degree Pathway for Philosophy - Philosophy & Religious Studies Option

For students who entered fall 2011 to spring 2015.

Freshman Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1010 (Gen Ed) College Writing I 3
MATH.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Mathematics (MATH.1110/1510 recommended) 3
PHIL.2010/2030 Intro to Philosophy / Intro to Ethics 3
PHIL.2960 Intro to World Religions 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 1 3
FAHS.1090 First Year Seminar1 1
Total 16

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
ENGL.1020 (Gen Ed) College Writing II 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed) AH (Art & Humanities) 3
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 2 3
Total 15

Sophomore Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/Lab 4
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) A/H (Arts/Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx Language 3 3
Total 13

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.xxxx Philosophy Elective 3
PHIL.xxxx Phil Elec.(3000 level or above)2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science w/Lab 4
xxxx.xxxx Language 4 3
Total 16

Junior Year

Fall Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.xxxx Phil. Elec. (3000 level or above)2 3
PHIL.xxxx Phil. Elec. (3000 level or above)2 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) Science (non-lab) 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) A/H (Arts/Humanities) 3
xxxx.xxxx Free Elective 3
Total 15

Spring Semester

Course# Course Name Cr.
PHIL.xxxx Phil. Elec. (3000 level or above)2 3
PHIL.xxxx Phil. Elec. (3000 level or above)2 3
xxxx.xxxx Philosophy or Free Elective 3
xxxx.xxxx (Gen. Ed.) SS (Social Science) 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.
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
Total Minimum Credits = 120

1Required for entering Freshmen.
2Combination of an approved list of philosophy 3000 level classes, and/or up to 9 credits of approved interdisciplinary classes, for a total of at least 15 credits. 

A major in Philosophy with an option in Philosophy & Religious Studies requires a minimum of 30 credits and a maximum of 45 credits from courses in the Philosophy Department (of which up to 9 credits may be from the interdisciplinary courses as described below). At least 15 of the credits must be from courses numbered 3000 or above. Students must meet the following requirements as well from among their 30-45 credits:

Required Courses

  • PHIL.2960 Introduction to World Religions
  • PHIL.2010/2030 Introduction to Philosophy/Introduction to Ethics

Electives (5 courses)

Students must take a minimum of 15 credits from the list of approved Philosophy & Religious Studies courses below, of which up to 9 credits may be from interdisciplinary courses in Philosophy & Religious Studies. Students should choose those courses that are most suitable to their particular interests. Not all of these courses will be offered in a given academic year; students may contact the chair of Philosophy Department to determine when a given course will be offered. New courses relevant to Philosophy & Religious Studies may be added to the catalog from time to time; students may contact their advisors to determine whether a new course will count towards the Philosophy & Religious Studies option.

  • 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

Interdisciplinary Courses

In satisfying the Philosophy & Religious Studies electives requirement, students may also take courses from other departments that are relevant to the Philosophy & Religious Studies option. Students may take a maximum of 9 credits from outside philosophy for purposes of credit towards the Philosophy & Religious Studies option. Courses currently in the catalog that may count for Philosophy & Religious Studies credit include:

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

For courses not on this list that may be relevant, students may consult with the chair to see if they can count for the Philosophy & Religious Studies option.

Note: At least 36 credits are recommended in order to be eligible for graduate school.

Refer to the General Education website for General Education requirements. Intro to Philosophy (PHIL.2010), Intro to Logic and Critical Reasoning (PHIL.2020), and Intro to Ethics (PHIL.2030) all satisfy the General Education Ethics category.

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: 10/26/2017