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Double Majoring and Minors

Double-Majoring in Religious Studies or Philosophy

A recent study from Vanderbilt University concludes, “Compared to single majors, double majors are more likely to work on independent research with faculty or take honors courses. In addition, double majors generally feel more creative because of their combination of majors.” Because students are increasingly arriving at Clemson with AP credit and have tested out of various portions of the Gen Ed curriculum, they are able to study multiple disciplines, which differentiates them post-graduation. An ideal second field could come from our department. Students can study Philosophy or Religious Studies, plus another program like History, Economics, Chemical Engineering, Mathematics, and more. By pursuing this track, students can either complete a dual degree program or the requirements for a double major, depending on the fields they’ve chosen to work in. Generally, a dual degree program provides two physical diplomas (a B.A. and a B.S.) but entails an extra 30 credit hours, while the double major simply includes finishing the requirements for two B.A.s.

Your academic advisor can help you understand your options. The broad benefits of a humanities major like Philosophy or Religious Studies include increased critical thinking, improved communication abilities, more focused global awareness, and better analytical skills. This is your opportunity to take advantage of all Clemson has to offer.

Student Profile: Alexander Batson (Religious Studies & Economics)

Alexander Batson, a senior double-major in Religious Studies and Economics, came to Clemson from nearby Powdersville, SC to study chemistry. WatsonBut after taking a few Religious Studies courses and travelling to Turkey and Greece with Assistant Professor of Religion Benjamin White on a Study Abroad trip after his freshman year, Alexander made the switch to a BA in Religious Studies. Though a local student, he has leveraged the curriculum at Clemson to travel far and wide, from Turkey and Greece, to Belgium and Germany, and to Oxford University through a prestigious honors program fellowship. He has developed significant relationship with the Religious Studies faculty. As he approaches graduation, Alexander has graduate school offers from Harvard, Yale, Princeton Theological Seminary, and Duke, and is planning on taking the next academic step in pursuit of his intellectual passion of understanding the intersection between religion, culture, and society. Read more about his intellectual and spiritual journey at Clemson here.


Philosophy Minor

Minoring in Philosophy is flexible and straightforward: it simply requires 15 credits in philosophy, nine of which must be at the 3000 level or above. But note: many prospective minors decide to double-major in Philosophy because they like the coursework and find the major requirements are flexible enough to make double-majoring easy and rewarding.

Religious Studies Minor

Looking for an easy way to gain perspective on human religiosity? Want to benefit from a humanities minor in which you learn to think critically, globally and comparatively? Trying to separate yourself from the pack? Minor in Religious Studies!

A minor in Religious Studies requires 15 credits as follows: REL 3000; and 12 additional credits, nine of which must be at the 3000 level or above. PHIL 3030, POSC 4070, and SOC 4320 may be included.