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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.

Religious Studies (Philosophy, Minor)


Description


What is Religious Studies at ODU like?

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

Program Highlights


What makes Religious Studies at ODU unique?

  • Courses equip you with versatile and marketable skills, including critical thinking, excellent verbal and written communication, and problem-solving

  • Real-world experiences such as conferences, clubs, and summer programs to enhance your resume

  • Passionate faculty invest in the success of every student and seek to support a diverse, and inclusive community of philosophical thinkers

Courses


What are some courses offered in Religious Studies at ODU?

PHIL 313:
Philosophy of Religion


An analytical and critical consideration of the philosophical foundations of religion. Such topics as the existence of God, the problem of evil, theism and atheism, prayer, and immortality are discussed. Prerequisites: Junior standing and three semester hours in philosophy, or permission of the instructor.

REL 352:
Islam


A study of the Islamic tradition, including its primary texts, historical development, intellectual tenets, and contributions to human culture. Specific attention will be given to Islam as a way of life. Prerequisites: three semester hours in philosophy or permission of the instructor.

REL 333:
Historical Jesus


This course examines the several quests to uncover the historical reality behind Jesus of Nazareth in modern biblical-historical scholarship, including the work of scholars like Albert Schweitzer, Rudolph Bultmann, and the many contemporary inquirers. Students are expected to have some familiarity with the New Testament and/or early Christianity. Prerequisites: Junior standing and three semester hours in REL or PHIL.

Requirements


What are the requirements to apply for Religious Studies at ODU?

Students entering the Minor program in Religious Studies should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)

  • For completion of a minor, a student must have a minimum cumulative grade point average of 2.00 in all upper-level courses specified as a requirement for the minor and complete a minimum of six hours in the minor through courses offered by Old Dominion University.

Cost

Tuition and Fees

Estimated rates for the 2021-22 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.

Virginia Resident


Per Credit:

$ 360

Non-Resident


Per Credit:

$ 1,032

Active Duty Military Rate


Per Credit:

$ 250

Technology Delivered Courses Outside Virginia and/or the United States


Per Credit:

$ 407

Ways to Save

Here are a few ways for you to save on the cost of attending ODU. For more information visit University Student Financial aid

Next Steps


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Phone Office:

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Email:

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International Admissions


Location:

2101 Dragas Hall, Norfolk, VA 23529


Phone Office:

757-683-3701


Fax:

757-683-3651


Email:

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