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Program Maps and Course Schedules

Course Schedules

Statesboro

Spring 2024
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • PHIL 3100 Ancient Greek and Roman
  • PHIL 3030 Philosophy of Race and Law
  • PHIL 3635 Existentialism
  • PHIL 3130 Early Modern Philosophy
  • PHIL 3332 Contemporary Moral Problems
  • PHIL 3030/ RELS 3030 Science and Religion
  • RELS 3030 Religion and Media
Fall 2024
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • PHIL 3030 Philosophy of Sexuality and Gender
  • PHIL 3205 Philosophy of Happiness
  • PHIL 3120 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 3232 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 3532 Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL/RELS 3138 Introduction to Buddhism
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • PHIL 3030 Philosophy of Sexuality and Gender
  • PHIL 3205 Philosophy of Happiness
  • PHIL 3120 Medieval Philosophy
  • PHIL 3232 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 3532 Theory of Knowledge
  • PHIL/RELS 3138 Introduction to Buddhism
  • PHIL/RELS 3030 Religion and Sports
  • PHIL 4434 Focus on the Philosopher: Arendt
  • RELS 3030 Religion & Media
Spring 2025
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • PHIL 3030 20the Century Continental
  • PHIL 3100 Ancient Greek and Roman
  • PHIL 3200 Technology, Society, and Human Values
  • PHIL 3531 Philosophy of the Mind
  • PHIL 4233 Symbolic Logic
  • Phil 4632 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL/ RELS 3235 Religion, Sex, and Gender
  • PHIL/RELS 3030 Religion and Law
Fall 2025
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2020 Critical Thinking
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • PHIL 3030 Political Philosophy
  • PHIL 3030 Philosophy of Mass Incarceration
  • PHIL 3140 19th Century Philosophy
  • PHIL 3232 Philosophy of Law
  • PHIL 3330 Philosophy of Art
  • RELS/PHIL 3234 Asian Religious Philosophies
  • RELS/PHIL 3030 Religion and Law

Armstrong

Spring 2024
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 3150 Contemporary Philosophy
  • PHIL 4632 Philosophy of Religion
  • PHIL 3030 Phil of Love, Sex, & Gender
Fall 2024
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • RELS 2130 Introduction to Religious Studies
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 3201 Understanding the Holocaust
  • PHIL 4233 Symbolic Logic
  • PHIL 4534 Philosophy of Film
Spring 2025
  • PHIL 2010 Introduction to Philosophy
  • PHIL 2030 Introduction to Ethics
  • PHIL 3100 Ancient Philosophy
  • PHIL 3170 Postmodernism
  • PHIL 3200 Technology, Society, Human Values
  • RELS 3440 Religion & the Law

Program Maps

Scholarships

The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies has several scholarships for outstanding students. Please click on the individual scholarship links below for more specific information.  All scholarship applications require two letters of recommendation preferably from academic references.

The Ruffin Humanities Scholarship

The Ruffin Humanities Scholarship

Established by the late Dr. David A. Ruffin, the Ruffin Humanities Scholarship seeks to reward excellent students who have an interest in the humanities. Candidates for the scholarship must have declared a major in a humanities discipline, must display an outstanding academic and extracurricular record of achievement, and be of exemplary personal character.

Eligibility Requirements for the Ruffin Humanities Scholarship

  1. be an undergraduate, enrolled full-time;
  2. have made a formal declaration of a humanities major: foreign language, history, literature, philosophy, or writing & linguistics (students who change their majors from one of these areas will lose their eligibility for the Ruffin Scholarship);
  3. have a 3.0 college cumulative grade point average;
  4. maintain a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 throughout the award period;
  5. apply for the Ruffin Humanities Scholarship through the MyScholarships link in the MyGeorgiaSouthern portal; and
  6. be willing and able to meet with the Ruffin Humanities Scholarship Committee for an interview.

The Ruffin Humanities Scholarship carries an award equivalent to tuition (in-state or out-of-state), mandatory fees, and a 15% textbook allowance. It is renewable for up to four years (or until a student has completed a B.A. in the humanities discipline) and it is awarded in addition to other scholarships.

Fielding D. Russell Scholarship

Fielding D. Russell Scholarship

The Fielding D. Russell Scholarship was established in 1988 by Talmadge H. Ramsey Sr. as “a tribute to the man who was the embodiment of liberal arts at Georgia Southern for so many years.”

Dr. Russell began his distinguished 43-year tenure at South Georgia Teachers College in 1932 as Dean of Men and Assistant Professor of English. He rose through the faculty ranks to become a full professor, Head of the Department of English, and later Chair of the Division of Languages. Described by students and colleagues as a true “Renaissance man,” his guiding influence on academic standards and his passion for learning and life were felt by all who knew him. He retired in 1975 but remained an integral part of the campus and the community until his death in 1993. The Russell Union building on the Georgia Southern campus is named in his honor and memory.

Eligibility Requirements for the Fielding D. Russell Scholarship

  • Applicants must be rising junior or senior English majors, defined as majors who will have successfully completed at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the fall semester of the next academic year.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA.
  • The recipient must maintain full-time student status.
  • The scholarship must be used in the next academic year after a winner is selected. It may be paid in one semester or spread over two semesters.
  • The criteria for selecting the recipients will include the applicants’ demonstrated academic excellence, personal character, and relevant extra-curricular activities.

Application Procedure

To apply for scholarships, please log in to MyGeorgiaSouthern.  From there you will find the MyScholarships (Scholarships Application Portal) choice in the services section of the page.  Simply click on MyScholarships and you will be taken to the online portal.  Fill out the initial “General Application” completely.  You will then be taken to a “Conditional Application” based on your status as a student.  Please answer all questions in order to be considered for any scholarships that you qualify for. Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed instructions.

Application Deadline: February 15

Woody Powell Scholarship

Woody Powell Scholarship

The Woody Powell Scholarship fund was established in memory of Dr. Woodrow W. Powell, an outstanding Georgia Southern University faculty member and community leader, to provide a program of financial assistance to worthy and qualified students attending Georgia Southern University and majoring in English Literature.

Eligibility Requirements for the Woody Powell Scholarship

  • Applicants must be rising junior or senior English majors, defined as majors who will have successfully completed at least 60 credit hours by the beginning of the fall semester of the next academic year.
  • Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA.
  • The recipient must maintain full-time student status.
  • The scholarship must be used in the next academic year after a winner is selected. It may be paid in one semester or spread over two semesters.
  • The criteria for selecting the recipients will include the applicants’ demonstrated academic excellence, personal character, and relevant extra-curricular activities.

Application Procedure

To apply for scholarships, please log in to MyGeorgiaSouthern.  From there you will find the MyScholarships (Scholarships Application Portal) choice in the services section of the page.  Simply click on MyScholarships and you will be taken to the online portal.  Fill out the initial “General Application” completely.  You will then be taken to a “Conditional Application” based on your status as a student.  Please answer all questions in order to be considered for any scholarships that you qualify for. Refer to Frequently Asked Questions for more detailed instructions.

Application Deadline: February 15

Student Awards

Awards for Best Essays

Each year the Department offers four awards for student writing:

  • The Best Essay in Philosophy
    • An award for the best essay submitted by a Philosophy major.
  • The Best Essay in Religious Studies
    • An award for the best essay submitted by a Religious Studies minor.

Outstanding Students

Each year the Department honors one superior student:

Outstanding Student in Philosophy

  • An award given to the best student who is a senior Philosophy major.

Student Organizations

The Philosophy & Religious Studies Club

The Philosophy & Religious Studies Club is an informal student group intended to pursue philosophical activities outside of the classroom. The club is open to any Georgia Southern Student with an interest in philosophy, regardless of their major.  The club participates in and sponsors activities that promote the love of wisdom and the pursuit of truth. These activities include panel discussions of philosophical topics, presentations of student research, hosting guest lectures, participating in student conferences, and service projects within the community.  The club works closely with Georgia Southern’s chapter of Phi Sigma Tau and the International Honors Society of Philosophy.  The Philosophy & Religious Studies club meets Mondays at 6pm in Newton 2216.

Contact Dr. William Eaton for more information at weaton@georgiasouthern.edu

Philosophy After Dark

Philosophy After Dark is an informal philosophy discussion group that meets once a week off-campus to discuss pre-selected philosophical topics. As differing points of view are particularly valued for the discussions, students of any major are strongly encouraged to attend and participate! Topics of discussion range from abstract metaphysical questions to contemporary moral issues. Participants are encouraged to submit topics for consideration as well!

Contact Dr. Dan Larkin for more information at dlarkin@georgiasouthern.edu

Phi Sigma Tau Georgia Chapter Eta

Phi Sigma Tau Georgia Chapter Eta.  Since 2001, Georgia Southern University has sponsored a chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the international honors society of philosophy.  To  be eligible for membership, you must be a Georgia Southern University Philosophy Major who has completed at least one year of course work, and maintains a 3.0 grade point average. The honors society participates in and sponsors activities that promote the love of wisdom and the pursuit of truth.  These activities include active work and mutual support in student research projects, hosting guest lectures, submitting research for presentation at national and international undergraduate philosophy conferences, as well as submitting papers for publication in undergraduate philosophy journals. The honors society works closely with the Philosophy Club.  In recent semesters, Phi Sigma Tau Georgia Chapter Eta has hosted a conference, in conjunction with Georgia Southern University, and published a monthly campus broadsheet entitled Praxis.

Contact Dr. William Eaton for more information at weaton@georgiasouthern.edu.

The Philosophical Discussion Group

The Philosophical Discussion Group on the Armstrong campus is an informal student group intended to discuss philosophical topics of interest to students. Meetings are prompted by students who share their reflections to start off the discussions. The group is open to any Georgia Southern Student with an interest in philosophy, regardless of their major. Meetings usually occur once a month based on student interest.

Contact Dr. Erik Nordenhaug (enordenhaug@georgiasouthern.edu) for more information and email notifications of meeting times and places.

Last updated: 12/15/2023