Jul 17, 2024  
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog 
2024-2025 Undergraduate Catalog

Philosophy Major, B.A. (Philosophy and Religious Studies Concentration)

Department Information

Department of Philosophy and Humanities
PO Box 70656
Phone: (423) 439-4425
Web Address: www.etsu.edu/cas/philosophy/

Philosophy is an attempt to reason clearly and critically about all areas of experience: science, religion, art, politics, and morality. Its purpose is to understand and evaluate our most basic beliefs and values, then to integrate them into a coherent view of ourselves and the world.

Philosophy is an appropriate preparation for vocations that require a broad liberal arts education and skills in clear, creative thinking. Such vocations include law, government service, writing, the ministry, medicine, and many types of positions in business. It is especially attractive when paired with another major that teaches technical or professional skills, for example, philosophy with mass communication.

For students interested in preparation for seminary or divinity school, professional graduate education in theology or ministry:
Many students major in philosophy with a religious studies concentration, or minor in religious studies as a way to prepare for seminary or divinity school. (The MDiv - Master of Divinity - is the standard professional degree for students preparing for a career requiring ordination to the ministry or rabbinate.) The American Association of Theological Schools advises students to major in any humanities or social science field. While previous study in the area of religious studies and philosophy is recommended, it is not required for admission to programs of professional study leading to the MDiv. RELI 3240 - Hebrew Scriptures  and RELI 3250 - Greek Scriptures  are relevant for students interested in the Christian and Jewish traditions. Students aiming to apply to university divinity schools, or whose interest in the study of religions is primarily academic (as opposed to vocational) are strongly advised to earn a B.A. degree with at least a minor in religious studies, including ANTH 3800 - Magic, Witchcraft and Religion  . It is also important to complete at least 6 credits in German, French, or in a classical language at the 3000 level.


Students with 0-59 earned credits:

Contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) to schedule an appointment with your advisor. Visit the CASE website www.etsu.edu/cas/case/ and call (423) 439-5602.

Students with 60 or more earned credits:

Religious Studies concentration:

Dr. Keith Green
(423) 439-4442

University Research Scholars:

Dr. Allen Coates
(423) 439-6622

Transfer and Residency Policy

Transfer students majoring in Philosophy and Religious Studies should contact the Center for Advisement and Student Excellence (CASE) for advising as soon as possible.This will ensure that the student’s previous work will be coordinated efficiently with ETSU requirements. Transfer students seeking a Philosophy major must complete a minimum of nine (9) credits in Philosophy at ETSU with at least a “C” average.

Graduate Study

The department offers some graduate work in philosophy. Further information on graduate programs is contained in the Graduate Catalog. For general information about the department or courses, contact  Dr. David Harker, Chair harkerd@etsu.edu or (423) 439-8310.

Degree Requirements: 120 credits

Compass Core Curriculum

41-42 credits
Major Total Requirement 33 credits
     Major Core    (9 credits)
     Concentration    (9 credits)
     Advisor Approved Electives    (12 credits)
     Other: Senior Seminar    (3 credits)
Minor 18-24 credits
Free Electives 21-28 credits
TOTAL 120 credits

Suggested Four-Year Program of Study: PHIL-BA (RELI)  

College of Arts and Sciences : Visit link to view the complete list of B.A. degree requirements.

  • Completion of a foreign language course numbered 2020 or above with a grade of C- or better. Students may be required to take courses numbered 1010, 1020 and/or 2010 based on a placement test or equivalent.
  • Non-U.S. History (3 credits)
  • MATH 1530  or MATH 1910  

Compass Core Curriculum   

These requirements include earning 40-43 credits in Strengthening Foundations, Understanding Natural and Social Worlds, Exploring Connections, Cultivate Artistic Awareness, and Growing as an Individual and Global Citizen categories.

Total Requirements for Philosophy Major: 33 credits

At least 24 credits must be upper division.

Senior Seminar: 3 credits

Advisor Approved Electives: 12 credits

Minor: 18-24 credits

Free Electives: 21-28 credits

Additional Information

Click here to view Degree and Graduation Requirements  for all ETSU students.

CSCI 1100  or Proficiency exam: Must be completed to meet Bachelor’s Degree Requirements. CSCI 1100  has arequired lab course, CSCI 1150 .

Most minors range from 18-24 credits. Those few minors with more than 24 credits may affect the number of free electives allowed.