Pre-Counseling Tracks

The pre-counseling tracks in philosophy and in religious studies are designed to provide core knowledge and basic skills to philosophy and religious studies majors who are considering graduate work in counseling, mental health and other service-based professions. Courses are designed to promote:

  • self-awareness
  • effective decision-making skills
  • development of positive character traits
  • core knowledge of historical philosophical ideas and religious and cultural practices
  • a deep understanding of rights and responsibilities in relationships across a wide range of contexts and settings
COURSETITLES.H.
General Education Requirements
Core Competencies12
Writing 1
Writing 2
Communication Foundations
Mathematics Requirement
Arts and Humanities6
Natural Sciences6
Social Science6
Social and Personal Awareness6
General Education Elective / First-Year Experience3
Major Requirements
REL 2601Introduction to World Religions3
REL 2608The Examined Life3
History of Religion
Select two of the following:6
African-American Religion
African and Neo-African Religion
The World of Islam
Popes Saints and Rebels
Buddhist Beliefs Practices and Debate
Hindu Traditions
Muslim Thinkers and Mystics
Reform, Revolt, or Revolution in Islam
Islamic Culture and Literature
Methodologies in the Study of Religion
Select two of the following:6
Philosophy of Religion
Religion and Race
Liberation Theologies and Revolutionary Change
Religion and Violence
Feminism, Ecology and Religion
Psychology of Religion
Methods and Study of Religion
Anthropology of Religion
Scriptural Studies
Select one of the following:3
Hebrew Scriptures
Jesus and the Gospels
Women And the Bible
Religious Studies
All of the following:7
Seminar in Religious Studies
Capstone Cooperative Seminar
Senior Capstone Project
Select remaining hours in Religious Studies. 1
Pre-Counseling Track
General Education Requirements Prerequisites:
COUN 1587Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society3
PSYC 1560General Psychology3
Required Electives:
PHIL 1561Technology and Human Values3
PSYC 3702Abnormal Psychology3
PSYC 3775Personality3
PSYC 4800Introduction to Psychotherapy3
COUN 2650Foundations of Helping Skills for Allied Health Professionals3
Minor18
University Electives14
Total Semester Hours120
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It is assumed that the remaining hours will be selected in religious studies. In some cases, courses outside religious studies may be accepted as part of the religious studies major if they deepen the student's understanding of religion. All such courses must have the approval of the chair. 

Plan of Study Grid
Year 1
FallS.H.
REL 2601 Introduction to World Religions 3
CMST 1545 Communication Foundations 3
ENGL 1550 Writing 1 3
Social Science 15XX/26XX 3
FNLG 1550 Elementary Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Spring
REL 2608 The Examined Life 3
PSYC 1560 General Psychology 3
ENGL 1551 Writing 2 3
COUN 1587 Introduction to Health and Wellness in Contemporary Society 3
FNLG 2600 Intermediate Foreign Language 4
 Semester Hours16
Year 2
Fall
PHIL 2619
Introduction to Logic
or Quantitative Reasoning
3
Natural Science 15XX/26XX 3
Social and Personal Awareness 15XX/26XX 3
PSYC 3702 Abnormal Psychology 3
Select one of the following: 3
REL 2621
Religion and Moral Issues
or Introduction to Professional Ethics
3
PHIL 3711
General Ethics
or Biomedical Ethics
3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
PHIL 1561 Technology and Human Values 3
REL 2605 Myth, Symbol, and Ritual 3
Natural Science plus lab 15XX/26XX 4
PSYC 3775 Personality 3
Select one of the following: 3
REL 3708 African-American Religion 3
REL 3720 The World of Islam 3
REL 3722 Popes Saints and Rebels 3
REL 3726 Buddhist Beliefs Practices and Debate 3
ANTH 4815 Anthropology of Religion 3
 Semester Hours16
Year 3
Fall
PSYC 4800 Introduction to Psychotherapy 3
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
REL 4850 Seminar in Religious Studies 3
Elective 37XX 3
Select one of the following: 3
REL 3751 Liberation Theologies and Revolutionary Change 3
REL 3754 Feminism, Ecology and Religion 3
REL 3756 Psychology of Religion 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
COUN 2650 Foundations of Helping Skills for Allied Health Professionals 3
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
Select one of the following: 3
REL 3708 African-American Religion 3
REL 3720 The World of Islam 3
REL 3722 Popes Saints and Rebels 3
REL 3726 Buddhist Beliefs Practices and Debate 3
ANTH 4815 Anthropology of Religion 3
 Semester Hours15
Year 4
Fall
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
 Semester Hours15
Spring
REL 4871 Senior Capstone Project 3
REL 4869 Capstone Cooperative Seminar 1
Elective 15XX/26XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
Elective 37XX 3
 Semester Hours13
 Total Semester Hours121