Majors and Minors

majors minorsBarrytown College of UTS is an undergraduate program, and currently offers the Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) degree with a major in World Religions and Philosophy.  Students can also minor in three disciplines: business, media arts, and human development and family studies. 

READ: What Good is a Philosophy and World Religions Major?

We anticipate within the next couple years being able to support majors in the three disciplines of our minors, as well as in the humanities and in individually-designed majors.


Bachelor of Arts in World Religions and Philosophy

The undergraduate major in World Religions and Philosophy equips students to understand and compare the core convictions, related traditions and practices of the major world religions, and to analyze creatively the ways in which these diverse religious traditions have interacted with philosophy and culture. Students will complete a wide-range of courses and gain the necessary intellectual tools for understanding, analyzing, comparing, and appreciating the diverse historical and cultural contexts that have provided the setting for the intersection of the human and the divine, as well as the ways in which the modern world has been affected by modern religious and philosophical expressions of these deep roots. Students may focus on an in-depth study of a particular tradition, broaden their understanding of philosophy or explore the intersections of this major with a minor. Students may utilize internships or study abroad opportunities to extend their understanding. Students will be expected to design a culturally specific or place-based capstone thesis or project incorporating an innovative solution to a world problem or challenge.

Students will emerge from the program ready to take on diverse leadership roles and responsibilities in a number of venues that prize critical analysis, cross-cultural competencies, interreligious dynamics, creative problem solving, and depth of understanding, or to pursue graduate studies.

The Degree Program is composed of three required components. They are:
(1) General Education core requirements,
(2) Leadership component, and
(3) The Major in World Religions and Philosophy.

Students may also pursue one of the three Minors if they choose to do so. The three Minors include: (a) Human Development & Family Studies, (b) Media Arts and (c) Business.

Graduation Requirements

To be awarded the B.A. degree, students must fulfill the following requirements:

  • 120 credit hours
  • A minimum grade point average of 2.50
  • Senior Thesis

Core Program

Students in the Core Program will gain the intellectual tools for approaching, analyzing and appreciating the religious and philosophical roots of Eastern and Western Civilization. They will gain basic communication skills and foundational perspectives in Leadership and formative courses in volitional, interpersonal, and organizational development.

General Education (30-36 credits)

  • Examined Life I: Worldview and Values
  • Great Minds of East and West I
  • Great Minds of East and West II
  • Roots of American Culture, Thought and History

Students must take a minimum of 3 credits from one of the following:

  • Asian Culture and Civilization
  • African Culture and Civilization
  • Islamic Culture & History
  • Jewish Culture & History
  • Hindu Culture & History
  • English Composition I
  • English Composition II
  • Public Speaking
  • Mathematics (either demonstrate proficiency or take a course in College Algebra or Probability & Statistics)
  • Computer Basics & Information Literacy

Select one course from the following:

  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • History of Science
  • Physical Education (or participation in a team sport, 2 credits)
  • Language Course (or demonstrate proficiency in a Second Language)

Leadership Component (15 credits)

  • Theories & Principles of Leadership
  • Interpersonal Relations & Communication
  • Principles of Economics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Resolving Conflicts in Our Global World

 

Major in World Religions and Philosophy

Core Courses in the Majors (15 credits)

  • Unification Theology & Peacebuilding
  • World Religions I: Eastern Religions
  • World Religions II: Abrahamic Religions
  • Philosophy: History & Problems
  • Critical Thinking and Logic
  • Examined Life II: Senior Integration Seminar

Distribution Requirements in the Major (24 credits)

Select at least 6 credits from Scriptural Studies:

  • Introduction to the  Hebrew Bible
  • Introduction to the New Testament
  • Understanding Divine Principle
  • Introduction to the Qu’ran
  • Eastern Scriptures

Select at least 6 credits from Religion & Society:

  • Religious Conflict & Globalization
  • Islam and the World
  • Religion & Politics in America
  • Contemporary Religious Issues in America
  • Religious Movements in the United States
  • Studies in Comparative Religion
  • Introduction to Religion & Society
  • Introduction to Psychology of Religion

Select at least 6 credits from Philosophical Studies:

  • History of Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval
  • History of Philosophy II: Modern
  • History of Philosophy III: Contemporary
  • Metaphysics
  • Introduction to Unification Philosophy
  • Introduction to Philosophy of Religion.
  • Moral Philosophy

Two free electives may be chosen among any courses throughout the curriculum.

 

Minor in Human Development and Family Studies

Students declaring a Human Development and Family Studies minor will gain an appreciation and understanding of human development, couple and family formation, interpersonal communication and relationships, marriage enrichment and the role of the family in society. Students will build on this foundational knowledge through elective courses in sociology, psychology, family studies, and community issues.

Requirements for the Minor are 21 credits: 9 required; at least 3 credits each from Group A, B, and C.

Required (9):

  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Interpersonal Relationships & Communication
  • Perspectives on Parenting

Group A (3):

  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Social Policy and the Family

Group B (3):

  • Sociology of Family Life
  • Love and Sexuality

Group C (3):

  • Approaches to Marital Enrichment
  • Social Psychology: Intercultural Perspectives

 

Minor in Media Arts

Students declaring a Media Arts minor may expect to appreciate and analyze how existing and emerging media can be used to communicate spiritual ideals to large and/or specialized audiences locally and globally. Students will gain basic skills needed to produce and market media and learn entrepreneurial strategies for innovation.

Requirements for the Minor are 21 credits: 21 credits: 12 required; at least 9 credits from Group A.

Required: (12 credits)

  • Media and Culture
  • Spirituality of Music: From Bach to Rap
  • Social Media and Its Impact
  • Using Media for Social Outreach & Networking
  • Religion and Hollywood

Group A (9):

  • Computer Studio I (Photoshop, InDesign)
  • Computer Studio II (Adobe Flash, Premiere)
  • Fundamentals of Digital Video Production and Editing
  • Sound and Music Production for Video Projects

 

Minor in Business

Students declaring a Business minor may expect to build upon core competencies of leadership and management through study of organizations, financial management, and international business.

Requirements for the Minor are 21 credits: 21 credits: 9 required; at least 3 credits each from Group A, B and C.

Required (9):

  • Principles of Economics
  • Theories & Principles of Management
  • Principles and Strategies of Marketing

Group A (3):

  • Principles of Accounting
  • Theories & Principles of Leadership

Group B (3):

  • Introduction to Human Resource Management
  • Sociology of Organizational Behavior
  • Group C (3):   
  • Ethical Issues in the World Economy
  • International Business

 

Program Sequencing

Year 1: Fall Term

  • Examined Life: World Views and Values
  • Great Minds of East and West I
  • English Composition I

Choice of:

  • Language (if needed)
  • Physical Education
  • College Algebra
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Computer Basics

Year 1:  Spring Term

  • Great Minds of East and West II
  • English Composition II
  • Public Speaking

Choice of:

  • Language (if needed)
  • Physical Education
  • Probability and Statistics
  • Introduction to Environmental Science
  • Computer Basics

Year II: Fall Term

  • Roots of American History, Thought, Culture
  • World Religions I: Eastern Religions

Choice of 2:

  • Theories & Principles of Leadership
  • Interpersonal Relations & Communications
  • Philosophy: History & Problems
  • Electives

(Begin Minor if selecting one)

Year II: Spring Term

  • World Literature I
  • World Religions II: Abrahamic Religions

Choice of 2:

  • Principles of Economics
  • Applied Ethics
  • Religious Conflict & Globalization
  • Critical Thinking & Logic
  • Course from the Minor

Year III: Fall Term

  • History of Philosophy I: Ancient and Medieval

Choice of 2:

  • Theories & Principles of Leadership
  • Interpersonal Relations & Communications
  • Philosophy: History & Problems
  • Electives in the Major
  • Course from the Minor

Choice of:

  • Elective in Liberal Arts

Year III: Spring Term

  • History of Philosophy II: Modern
  • World Literature II
  • Electives in the Major
  • Elective in Liberal Arts
  • Course from the Minor

Year IV: Fall Term

  • Electives in the Major
  • Courses from the Minor

Year IV: Spring Term

  • History of Philosophy III: Contemporary
  • Examined Life II: Senior Integration Seminar
  • Electives in the Major
  • Electives from the Minor