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Philosophy and Religious Studies Combined Major

The Departments of Philosophy and Religious Studies offer a combined major for undergraduates wishing to pursue studies in core areas of both fields. This major ensures a foundational academic study in philosophical concepts and religious studies, and allows for the unique blending of these disciplines as well as of the  creation of distinctive approaches to academic study, such as the philosophy of religion or ritual studies.  

The undergraduate major in Philosophy and Religious Studies consists of 60 units of course work with approximately one third each in the philosophy core, the religious studies core, and either the general major or the special concentration. Affiliated courses cannot be used to satisfy this requirement.

Please check the Stanford Bulletin (ExploreDegrees) for the most up to date requirements.

Combined Major Core Requirements

Philosophy (PHIL) courses:

I. Required course: PHIL 80 Mind, Matter, and Meaning

II. 16 units, including at least one Philosophy course from each of the following areas:

Area I. Logic and Philosophy of Science:

Students take either one from this list or an intermediate philosophy of science course numbered PHIL 160-169.

  • PHIL 49: Survey of Formal Methods
  • PHIL 50: Introductory Logic
  • PHIL 60: Introduction to Philosophy of Science
  • PHIL 61: Science, Religion, and the Birth of Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 150: Mathematical Logic
  • PHIL 151: Metalogic​​

Area II. Ethics and Value Theory: 

This requirement may be satisfied by PHIL 2 or any intermediate course devoted to central topics in moral and political philosophy numbered between PHIL 170 – 172 or 174-176.  

Area III. Contemporary Theoretical Philosophy: 

Take either PHIL 1 Introduction to Philosophy or an intermediate course numbered PHIL 180-189.

Area IV. History of Philosophy (one of the following):

  • PHIL 100: Greek Philosophy
  • PHIL 101: Introduction to Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 102: Modern Philosophy, Descartes to Kant
  • PHIL 103: 19th Century Philosophy

Any units taken for a letter grade in fulfillment of the core requirements above must be completed with a  grade of C- or higher.

Religious Studies (RELIGST) courses:

20 units are needed to fulfill the Religious Studies requirements for the Combined Major

  1. RELIGST 290 Majors Seminar (5 units; Winter Quarter; recommended junior year; fulfills WIM requirement)
  2. At least one course in philosophy of religion, broadly construed, chosen in consulation with, and approved by, the Religious Studies Director of Undergraduate Studies.
  3. Diversity requirement: students may not take all their religion courses in one religious tradition.

NOTES: All courses must be taken letter a letter grade. In general, transfer units cannot be used to satisfy the core requirements. Transfer units and substitutions must be approved by the director of undergraduate studies in the appropriate department.

See Explore Degrees for full requirements

For more and information and to declare the Philosophy and RS Combined Major, contact the Undergrad Student Services Administrator.