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Last updated 21 September 2016

An immersion is a set of three related general education courses in a focused area linked by a theme or discipline. The Department of Philosophy is home to four immersions:

  1. Philosophy Immersion (code: PHIL-IM)
  2. Ethics Immersion (code: ETHICS-IM)
  3. Religious Studies Immersion (code: RELST-IM)
  4. Global Justice Immersion (code: GLOJUST-IM)

A complete list of all immersions at R.I.T. is available here.

Note: An immersion must be declared officially in order to appear on your transcript. You can declare an immersion online here .


1. Philosophy Immersion (code: PHIL-IM)

The Philosophy Immersion provides students with an opportunity to study the nature, methods, problems and achievements of philosophical inquiry. The immersion emphasizes the following goals: the ability to think rationally and critically, an awareness of ethical values, an appreciation of aesthetic values, an awareness of how the past affects the present and future, and an understanding of the relationship between individuals and the social settings with which they interact.

Note: Philosophy Majors are not eligible to take this immersion.

Requirements: any three philosophy courses at the 200 level or above.

Philosophy Immersion Coordinator:
Professor John T. Sanders
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-2465
Email: jtsgsh@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 3112

2. Ethics Immersion (code: ETHICS-IM)

The Ethics Immersion helps students to understand more deeply the nature of ethical thinking, to recognize and understand ethical dilemmas in private, professional, and public settings, and to think clearly and critically about possible answers to ethical problems. The Ethics Immersion also provides students with the opportunity to acquaint themselves with some of the most influential writings and thinkers in the philosophical canon. The Ethics Immersion is especially well suited to students considering a career in law, medicine, business, or politics.

Note: Philosophy Majors are not eligible to take this immersion.

Requirements: PHIL 202 (Foundations of Moral Philosophy) or PHIL 415 (Ethical Theory), plus any other two of the following courses. (Philosophy course titles are links to course descriptions.)

PHIL 2021 Foundations of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 304 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 305 Philosophy of Peace
PHIL 306 Professional Ethics
PHIL 308 Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 309 Feminist Theory
PHIL 311 East Asian Philosophy
PHIL 315 Responsible Knowing
PHIL 407 Philosophy of Action
PHIL 409 Existentialism
PHIL 4032 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 4151,2 Ethical Theory
MGMT 340 Business Ethics and Corporate Social Responsibility

1 Students are required to take either PHIL 202 (Foundations of Moral Philosophy) or PHIL 415 (Ethical Theory).

2 Prerequisite: one 200 or higher level course, or permission of instructor.
Ethics Immersion Coordinator:
Professor Lawrence Torcello
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-2327
Email: lgtghs@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 1303

3. Religious Studies Immersion (code: RELST-IM)

Religion plays a major role in human affairs. To understand the nature of the relationship between society and the individual, it is essential to have some understanding of religion. The Religious Studies Immersion engages students in the study of religion from the perspective of major Western and non-Western traditions through courses in disciplines such as as anthropology, history, literature, philosophy, and psychology.

Requirements: any three of the following courses. (Philosophy course titles are links to course descriptions.) Students must complete the Immersion with three courses from at least two distinct disciplines. Philosophy majors must take two courses in disciplines other than Philosophy. Special Topics courses in all departments and Great Thinkers course in the Philosophy Department will be considered on an individual basis, subject to approval by the Religious Studies Immersion coordinator.

ANTH 245 Ritual and Performance
ANTH 275 Global Islam
ANTH 365 Culture and Politics in the Middle East
ENGL 409 Mythology and Literature
HIST 369 Histories of Christianity
PHIL 301 Philosophy of Religion
PHIL 311 East Asian Philosophy
PHIL 4091 Existentialism
PHIL 4102 Medieval Philosophy
PHIL 4113 Metaphysics
PHIL 4123 Nineteenth-Century Philosophy
PSYC 2384 Psychology of Religion

1 Prerequisite: one course in Philosophy, or permission of instructor. Student must also obtain the approval of the Religious Studies coordinator.

2 Prerequisite: one 200 level or higher course (PHIL 201 Ancient Philosophy is strongly recommended), or permission of instructor.

3 Prerequisite: one 200 or higher level course, or permission of the instructor. Student must also obtain the approval of the Religious Studies Immersion coordinator.

4Prerequisite: PSYC 101 (Introduction of Psychology), or permission of instructor.
Religious Studies Immersion Coordinator:
Professor Brian Schroeder
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-6346
Email: brian.schroeder@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 3110

4. Global Justice Immersion (code: GLOJUST-IM)

The Global Justice Immersion examines attempts to create lasting peace and social justice on the international scale. Courses in philosophy and the social sciences help students to understand concepts of human rights, world poverty, and global solidarity. The Global Justice Immersion is well suited to students considering a career in law, politics, or public policy related fields.

Requirements: three of the following courses, from at least two different disciplines. (Philosophy course titles are links to course descriptions.)

PHIL 202 Foundations of Moral Philosophy
PHIL 304 Philosophy of Law
PHIL 305 Philosophy of Peace
PHIL 308 Environmental Philosophy
PHIL 309 Feminist Theory
PHIL 4031 Social and Political Philosophy
PHIL 4152 Ethical Theory
ANTH 280 Sustainable Development
ANTH 3303 Cultural Images of War
ANTH 340 Divided Europe
ANTH 3453 Genocide and Post Conflict Justice
ANTH 350 The Global Economy and Grassroots
ANTH 365 Culture and Politics in the Middle East
ANTH 375 Native American Cultural Resources and Rights
ANTH 425 Global Sexualities
INGS 201 Histories of Globalization
INGS 210 Culture and Politics in Urban Africa
INGS 310 Global Slavery and Human Trafficking
INGS 455 Economics of Native America
POLS 3204 American Foreign Policy
POLS 4404 War and the State
SOCI 235 Women, Work, and Culture
SOCI 245 Gender and Health
SOCI 255 Disaster, Public Health Crisis, and Global Responses
SOCI 315 Global Exiles of War and Terror
SOCI 331 Honors Sociology of Human Rights
SOCI 451 Economics of Women and the Family

1 Prerequisite: one course in philosophy, political science, sociology, or criminal justice, or permission of instructor.

2 Prerequisite: PHIL 202 (Foundations of Moral Philosophy), or permission of instructor.

3 Prerequisite: INGS 101, ANTH 102, or permission of instructor.

4 Prerequisite: POLS 110, POLS 120.
Global Justice Immersion Coordinator:
Professor Lawrence Torcello
Department of Philosophy
92 Lomb Memorial Drive
Rochester, NY 14623-5604

Phone: (585) 475-2327
Email: lgtghs@rit.edu
Office: Liberal Arts 1303