Graduate Studies

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
2013-2014

Some academic departments and colleges do not provide a major at the graduate level. However, these departments or colleges do offer courses for graduate credit. Permission to use these courses in a degree program must be obtained from the appropriate Departmental Graduate Committee.

Chairperson:  John K. Simmons
Office:  Morgan Hall 456
Telephone: (309) 298-1057
E-mail: PRS@wiu.edu
Website: wiu.edu/philosophy or wiu.edu/religiousstudies

Graduate Faculty
Professors

  • Susan Martinelli-Fernandez, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • John K. Simmons, Ph.D., University of California-Santa Barbara

Associate Graduate Faculty
Professors

  • David Haugen, Ph.D., University of Washington
  • Gordon Pettit, Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Associate Professors

  • Amy Carr, Ph.D., University of Chicago
  • Betsy Perabo, Ph.D., Yale University
  • Brian Powell, Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Christopher A. Pynes, Ph.D., Florida State University

Assistant Professor

  • Sarah Haynes, Ph.D., University of Calgary

Course Descriptions

Philosophy (PHIL)

410G Business Ethics. (3) An introduction to ethical theory and its application to the assumptions and consequences of modern business practices. Prerequisite: any lower-division philosophy course or permission of the instructor.

499G Directed Readings. (1–3) Individual study of particular philosophical texts or problems. May be repeated, provided topics vary. Prerequisites: Two courses in philosophy and permission of the instructor.

Religious Studies (REL)

451G Contemporary Theology. (3) An examination of selected contemporary Christian theological themes and thinkers, as well as some recent Jewish and/or Muslim perspectives. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

456G Religion and War. (3) An examination of religious perspectives on the legitimacy of war, the conduct of war, and participation in or support for the military. Prerequisite: One 100- or 200-level religious studies course or permission of the instructor.

457G Ritual and Performance in Religion. (3) An examination of ritual and performance in world religions including theoretical approaches to the study of ritual and performance and an investigation into the function of religious rituals and performances in the lives of practitioners. Prerequisite: One 100- or 200-level religious studies course or permission of the instructor.

458G Comparative Asian Religious Thought. (3) An examination of key issues related to the philosophy of Asian religions and their conceptual thinkers. Prerequisite: REL 110 or permission of instructor.

464G (cross-listed with SOC 464G) Sociology of Religion. (3) An analysis of religious groups and institutions, a comparison of religion in sacred and secular societies, and the effect of religion on behavior and social institutions. Not open to students with credit in SOC 464G. Prerequisites: SOC 100 and one additional Sociology course, or permission of the instructor.

492G (cross-listed with ENG 492G) Religion, Literature, and Film. (3) Study of multicultural literary and cinematic texts engaging a wide range of religious and philosophical traditions. Examination of the religious and the secular via narrative; consideration of literary and filmic interpretation via religious and philosophical questions. Prerequisite: Permission of the instructor.

499G Directed Readings. (1–3) Individual study of particular religious texts or problems. May be repeated, provided topics vary. Prerequisites: Two courses in religious studies and permission of the instructor.