Here at UWG, we study religion from a comparative and philosophical perspective. Rather than advocating for any particular religion, or for or against religion more generally, we instead seek to better describe and explain diverse examples of religious beliefs, texts, practices, and traditions, and to understand the role they play in shaping the areas of human life mentioned above.

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  • Overview
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  • Faculty
  • Admissions
  • Dates
  • Objectives
  • Overview

    The minor in religion requires six courses totaling 18 credit hours:
    PHIL 2010: Introduction to Philosophy
    PHIL 2020: Critical Thinking OR PHIL 2030: Introduction to Ethics
    PHIL 2130: Introduction to World Religions

    Three (3) courses chosen from the following, at least two (2) of which must be PHIL courses:
    PHIL 3205: Theories of Religion
    PHIL 3220: Christian Thought
    PHIL 4220: Hermeneutics
    PHIL 4230: Philosophy of Religion
    ANTH 4170: Myth, Magic and Religion
    HIST 4478: American Religion to 1800
    HIST 4479: American Religion Since 1800
    PSYC 4130: Eastern and Transpersonal Psychologies
    SOCI 3543: The Sociology of Religion

    Program Location

    Carrollton Campus

    Method of Delivery

    Most classes are face to face

    Accreditation

    The University of West Georgia is accredited by The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

    Credit and transfer

    Total semester hours required: 18

  • Cost

    This program may be earned entirely face-to-face. However, depending on the courses chosen, a student may choose to take some partially or fully online courses.

    Save money

    UWG is often ranked as one of the most affordable accredited universities of its kind, regardless of the method of delivery chosen.

    Details

    • Total tuition costs and fees may vary, depending on the instructional method of the courses in which the student chooses to enroll.
    • The more courses a student takes in a single term, the more they will typically save in fees and total cost.
    • Face-to-face or partially online courses are charged at the general tuition rate and all mandatory campus fees, based on the student's residency (non-residents are charged at a higher rate).
    • Fully or entirely online courses are charged at the general tuition rate plus an eTuition rate BUT with fewer fees and no extra charges to non-Residents.
    • Together this means that GA residents pay about the same if they take all face-to-face or partially online courses as they do if they take only fully online courses exclusively; while non-residents save money by taking fully online courses.
    • One word of caution: If a student takes a combination of face-to-face and online courses in a single term, he/she will pay both all mandatory campus fees and the higher eTuition rate.
    • For cost information, as well as payment deadlines, see the Bursar's Office website

    There are a variety of financial assistance options for students, including scholarships and work study programs. Visit the Office of Financial Aid for more information.

  • Courses

    Coursework

    The minor in religion requires six courses totaling 18 credit hours:
    PHIL 2010: Introduction to Philosophy
    PHIL 2020: Critical Thinking OR PHIL 2030: Introduction to Ethics
    PHIL 2130: Introduction to World Religions

    Three (3) courses chosen from the following, at least two (2) of which must be PHIL courses:
    PHIL 3205: Theories of Religion
    PHIL 3220: Christian Thought
    PHIL 4220: Hermeneutics
    PHIL 4230: Philosophy of Religion
    ANTH 4170: Myth, Magic and Religion
    HIST 4478: American Religion to 1800
    HIST 4479: American Religion Since 1800
    PSYC 4130: Eastern and Transpersonal Psychologies
    SOCI 3543: The Sociology of Religion

    General

    • HIST-4478 - American Religion to 1800

      A study of the history of American religious beliefs, practices, and influences on American society, from its colonial settlement to 1800.

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    • HIST-4479 - American Religion Since 1800

      A study of the history of American religious beliefs and practices, and religion's influence on American society, from 1800 to the present.

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    • PHIL-2010 - Introduction to Philosophy

      A historically framed introduction to philosophy,high-lighting major developments that have defined Western philosophical inquiry. Required for the major in Philosophy.

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    • PHIL-2020 - Critical Thinking

      An investigation of logical fallacies and patterns of valid reasoning in primarily oral by also written discourse. Required for the major in Philosophy.

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    • PHIL-2130 - Introduction to World Religions

      A comparative study of the beliefs and practices of several world religions such as Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. This course not only explores the history of these faiths and their early doctrinal and communal development, but their place in today's world.

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    • PHIL-3205 - Theories of Religion

      Through an exploration of both scriptural and non-scriptural religious literature, this course considers may of the important themes of religion such as the nature and activity of God, the function of religious community, and the challenges of religious belief.

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    • PHIL-3220 - Christian Thought

      This course examines the development of Christian thought from the New Testament to present day (e.g. feminist and liberation theologies). A sample of thinkers to be considered includes Augustine, Aquinas, Luther, Calvin, Schleiermacher, Barth, and Bultmann. Required for religion-track majors.

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    • PHIL-4220 - Hermeneutics

      Hermeneutics is the philosophical discipline investigating the process of textual interpretation. How do we know how to interpret what we read? Is the meaning of a text what the author intended? How would we know what an author intended? Should we understand a text within a historical context? This course addresses the development of the hermeneutic tradition through the primary tests of such influential philosophers as Friedrich Schleiemacher, Martin Heidegger, Hans-Georg Gadamer, and Paul Ricoeur.

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    • PHIL-4230 - Philosophy of Religion

      An examination of philosophical arguments about such religious questions as the existence of God, the problem of evil, the relationship between faith and reason, and the concept of human destiny. Required for Religion Track majors.

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    • SOCI-3543 - Sociology of Religion

      This course focuses on sociology of religious experience, action, organizations, movements and social change; contemporary trends, including mainline and new religions, civil religion, secularization.

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  • Faculty
  • Admissions

    Guidelines for Admittance

    Each UWG online degree program has specific requirements that you must meet in order to enroll.

    Admission Process Checklist

    1. Review Admission Requirements for the different programs and guides for specific populations (non-traditional, transfer, transient, home school, joint enrollment students, etc).
    2. Review important deadlines:
      • Fall semester: June 1 (undergrads)
      • Spring semester: November 15 (undergrads)
      • Summer semester: May 15 (undergrads)
        See program specific calendars here
    3. Complete online application
      Undergraduate Admissions Guide

      Undergraduate Application

      Undergraduate International Application

    4. Submit $40 non-refundable application fee
    5. Submit official documents

      Request all official transcripts and test scores be sent directly to UWG from all colleges or universities attended. If a transcript is mailed to you, it cannot be treated as official if it has been opened. Save time by requesting transcripts be sent electronically.

      Undergraduate & Graduate Applicants should send all official transcripts to:
      Office of Undergraduate Admissions, Murphy Building
      University of West Georgia
      1601 Maple Street
      Carrollton, GA 30118-4160
    6. Submit a Certificate of Immunization, if required. If you will not ever be traveling to a UWG campus or site, you may apply for an Immunization Exemption. Contact the Immunization Clerk with your request.
    7. Check the status of your application

    Contact

    philprog@westga.edu

  • Dates

    Specific dates for admissions (Undergraduates Only), go to: UWG Admission Deadlines

  • Objectives
    • Describe the distinct beliefs and practices of the world's major religions.
    • Describe, and evaluate responses to, a philosophical question pertaining to religious belief and experience.
    • Identify and describe two central themes of religious literature.
    • Compare and contrast theology and philosophy as distict methods of inquiry.