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The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy with three concentration options: general, political and legal studies, and religious studies.

The program is designed to give students a solid grounding in the historical development of philosophy and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. Students interested in the study of religion can minor in religious studies or choose religious studies as their major concentration.


Bachelor of Arts - Philosophy Major

Philosophy (B.A.)

This program is designed to give students a solid grounding in the history of philosophy, and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. ODU offers three tracks: general, political and legal studies, and religious studies. The political and legal studies concentration is aimed at students interested in social and political philosophy, particularly those planning to attend law school. The religious studies concentration is designed for students looking to understand the role of religion in human culture and to expand their cultural competency. Students can also choose to minor in religious studies.

Religious Studies (Philosophy, B.A.)

This program is designed to provide students with a solid grounding in the history of philosophy and the ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. This concentration is designed for students looking to understand the role of religion in human culture and to expand their cultural competency. Students may also choose to minor in religious studies.

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Political & Legal Studies (Philosophy, B.A.)

This program is designed to give students a solid grounding in the history of philosophy and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. The political and legal studies concentration is aimed at students interested in social and political philosophy, particularly those planning to attend law school.


Double Majors

Philosophy/Political Science Double Major

2016 Spring Commencement

The Departments of Political Science and Geography and Philosophy and Religious Studies have established an arrangement that makes it possible to complete a double major in as few as 55 hours, little more than the 45-49 hours needed for a major in one and minor in the other.


Philosophy/Women's Studies Double Major

Women's Studies Service-Learning

A double major in Philosophy and Women's Studies will give you a solid knowledge base in two fieldsdn and increase your employment and graduate school opportunities. You can focus on ethics, religious studies, or science and technology. By connecting perspectives on intersections of gebder, race, class, sexuality, and nation wiht philosophy, you can develop a distinct course of study that will establish valuable foundations for future professional, personal, and academic goals.



Philosophy Minors

Philosophy (Minor)

This program is designed to give students a solid grounding in the history of philosophy, and an ability to analyze arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject.

Religious Studies (Philosophy, Minor)

This minor is designed for students looking to understand the role of religion in human culture and to expand their cultural competency.

Political & Legal Studies (Philosophy, Minor)

The political and legal studies minor is aimed at students interested in social and political philosophy, particularly those planning to attend law school.

Applied Ethics (Philosophy, Minor)

This minor is designed to provide students with a robust training in ethical reasoning as it appears within a variety of applied fields, and an ability to analyze moral arguments proposed in serious discussions of any subject. This minor is designed for students concerned with ethical issues in their chosen major or intended career, especially those who wish to work on regulation, policy, and professional standards within their field or profession.


Linked Program

Philosophy (B.A.) & Humanities (M.A.)

The linked B.A. in philosophy and M.A. in Humanities makes it possible for exceptional philosophy majors to count up to 12 hours of graduate courses toward both an undergraduate and graduate degree. Students must earn a minimum of 150 credit hours (120 discrete credit hours for the undergraduate degree and 30 discrete credit hours for the graduate degree).