Academic Catalog 2023-24

Philosophy and Religion (Minor)

This minor combines the study of two of the oldest and most enduring areas of inquiry into the meaning and purpose of humankind: philosophy and religion. Students may take up to 12 units in either one of these areas, but must take at least four units in the other. Regardless of the particular path of study, all students will engage in a thoughtful investigation of diverse responses to humanity’s enduring questions about self and the world. The critical study of religion and philosophy strengthens skills that are as important for earning a living as they are for leading a purposeful life: reasoning, analysis, and interpretation, heightening the individual’s capacity for self-knowledge, effective engagement with our complex world, and vision.

Program Learning Outcomes

Students will demonstrate the ability to do the following:

  1. Identify and conceptualize key features of at least one religious and/or philosophical point of view.
  2. Analyze the ethical dimensions of these key features for dealing with problems in contemporary social life.
  3. Explain the links between self-knowledge, comprehension of diverse worldviews, and social responsibility.


Select one Philosophy course and one Religion course.
Philosophy Elective

4.00 units

Religion Elective

4.00 units


Select remaining two courses from either Religion or Philosophy courses.

4.00 units


4.00 units

Total Credit Hours: 16