Note: Barrytown College of UTS is not accepting applications for the undergraduate program at this time for the 2015-2016 academic year, because UTS does not have approval from the Department of Education to offer federal financial aid for the undergraduate program.
Barrytown College of UTS is a religious liberal arts college rooted in the ideals of Unificationism, whose purpose is to educate the whole person. It combines rigorous academics and a constructive social environment oriented towards personal spiritual growth, preparation for a healthy marriage and active engagement in a community where God is present and honored.
The college seeks to create an environment where students
- Gain insights from the major world religious traditions
- Are equipped to work together with people of conscience inclusive of their faith perspectives and cultural backgrounds
- Exemplify an ethos of individual empowerment and creativity, mutual understanding, and responsible relationships
Barrytown 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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
- Introduction to Unification Philosophy
- Introduction to Philosophy of Religion.
- Moral Philosophy
Two free electives may be chosen among any courses throughout the curriculum.
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.
- 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
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
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.
- 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
Year 1: Fall Term
Year 1: Spring Term
Year II: Fall Term
Choice of 2:
(Begin Minor if selecting one)
Year II: Spring Term
Choice of 2:
Year III: Fall Term
Choice of 2:
Year III: Spring Term
Year IV: Fall Term
Year IV: Spring Term
Since the average worker in the U.S. has over 10 different jobs in their lifetime, one does not necessarily need to major in a specific skill or trade in college. One DOES need to develop flexible skill sets that will make you valuable to any employer. What are 7 skills needed from workers of the future?
- Willing and able to take challenges.
- Strong speaking, writing and listening skills
- Ability to communicate effectively
- Ability to understand your organization’s strategies, goals, and values
- Critical thinking skills and ability to see from multiple perspectives
- Ability to collaborate with people from different backgrounds
- Versatility (need to be trainable for different kinds of jobs)
What can I do with a degree from Barrytown College?
- Excellent Foundation for Pursuing Graduate Education including Law School, Medical School (with required science courses), Business School and other Graduate Schools (see below for more information)
- Work for Corporations in Communications, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Sales
- Work for Non-Profits in non-profit management, Public Relations, Marketing, Advertising, Sales
- Work for Government Agencies such as Child Protective Services, United Nations, Peace Corps, CIA, FBI etc…
- Work for Higher Education in Student Life, Public Relations, Alumni Relations, Social Media or as an Admissions Counselor, Financial Aid Specialist,
- Work for a Newspaper or Blog, Journalist, Social Media, Public Relations, Marketing
- Work in Ministerial Professions -- pastor, director of religious education, faith-based marriage counselor, etc.
- Entrepreneurship: Own your own business. Start your own community/society-transforming non-profit!
With Further Graduate Education:
- Philosophy majors outperform all other majors except Math/Physics, and perform equally well as Economics majors, on the LSAT. The LSAT is the standardized test you would take if you want to attend law school. The LSAT measures logical ability, critical thinking, and analytical skills. For more information, see the following: Highest and Lowest LSAT majors, LSAT Score Update.
- Business Executive (MBA):
- Philosophy majors outperform business majors on the GMAT. Read more here.
- Philosophy majors outperform all other majors on the GRE Verbal (see here) and Analytic (see here). Philosophy majors outperform all other humanities majors on the GRE Quantitative. See here.
- Medical Doctor (Note: must have one year of science):
- According to the American Medical Student Association, Philosophy majors are the most accepted out of all majors (even science majors), at 50%.
- Clergy (Masters or Doctorate)
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What Philosophy Majors Do
Why Study Religion?
Philosophy majors are tied with Math majors for the top salary to increase ($103.5% increase) from when you start to the middle of your career. The median salary for philosophy majors increases to $81,200.
Philosophy and Business. “When you share a philosophical concept or a world view, you create alignment, whether it's with a colleague, a trading partner, or another stakeholder.”
Employers want philosophy majors!
The current economy demands that graduates be prepared for many types of jobs.
“[T]echnology and organizations change. History and philosophy, on the other hand, provide the kind of contextual knowledge and reasoning skills that are indispensable for business students.”
LSAT Score Update
Highest and Lowest LSAT Majors
GRE Scores Graph
American Medical Students Association
Famous Individuals who were Philosophy Majors
Barrytown College offers a number of study abroad options for students seeking to expand their understanding of other countries and cultures and a sense of their role as a global citizen. We encourage students to consider short-term and semester-long study abroad opportunities sponsored by Barrytown College and by reputable outside organizations which specialize in developing programs for study and internships. Any study abroad program and the student’s proposed course of study must be approved by the Dean of the College before the student can receive permission to spend the semester away and receive credit for the experience.
Shorter-term educational opportunities will be provided each year through faculty-led trips both nationally and internationally. In addition, Barrytown College is developing partnerships with a number of other universities internationally where our students can join other undergraduates from around the world.
Through one-on-one consultations with the Dean of the College, students decide on their study abroad program and how it fits in with their academic work and personal interests. Our students will be supported by faculty and staff through academic and financial aid advising. Upon return, students will integrate their experiences into their studies and by enriching the Barrytown community.
Study Abroad Search Sites
General Information and Resources
Study Abroad Sponsors External to Barrytown College
- SIT Study Abroad Programs
- Living Routes Programs
- Butler - Institute for Study Abroad
- IES Abroad
- Lexia International
Financial Aid for Study Abroad
Health & Counseling
- Immunizations and Health Alerts
- The Unabridged Student Counseling Virtual Pamphlet Collection
- Cross Culture Adjustment
Passport and Travel Information
- Passports for US Citizens
- Department of State Travel Warnings
- Cultural Insurance Services International
Students may transfer in to Barrytown College of UTS no more than 60 credits from an accredited institution. Transfer credits will be determined by the Dean in conjunction with the Registrar through a process which involves the student’s submissions of transcripts and syllabi for the courses that they have taken. No prior course with a grade of less than “C” will be awarded course credit by Barrytown College of UTS as part of the transfer process. During the 1st two years of Barrytown College of UTS this policy will be phased in subject to the availability of courses.
Students may transfer in to Barrytown College of UTS no more than 15 non-traditional credits limited to AP, IB and CLEP credits. The total number of external credits transferred shall be no more than 60 credits.
AP scores in the range of 3-5 will be accepted for course credit, up to a maximum of 15 credits. The following AP Exams receiving a score of 3-5 will receive credit toward the corresponding classes as follows:
|AP Exam||Barrytown College of UTS Course|
|Art History||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Biology||waiver for SCI 1201 Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Calculus AB||SCI 1101 College Algebra|
|Chemistry||waiver for SCI 1201 Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Chinese Language and Culture||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Computer Science A||CMM 1101 Computer Basics|
|English Language and Composition||GEN 1101 English Composition I|
|Environmental Science||SCI 1201 Introduction to Environmental Science|
|European History||* No Equivalent Course *|
|French Language and Culture||LAN 1301 French I|
|German Language and Culture||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Government and Politics: Comparative||GEN 4301 International Politics|
|Government and Politics: United States||LTR 2101 Roots of American Culture, Thought, and History|
|Human Geography||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Italian Language and Culture||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Japanese Language and Culture||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Latin||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Macroeconomics||BUS 2201 Principles of Economics|
|Microeconomics||BUS 2201 Principles of Economics|
|Music Theory||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Physics B||waiver for SCI 1201 Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism||waiver for SCI 1201 Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Physics C: Mechanics||waiver for SCI 1201 Introduction to Environmental Science|
|Psychology||FAM 1101 Introduction to Psychology|
|Spanish Language and Culture||LAN 1201 Spanish I|
|Spanish Literature and Culture||LAN 1202 Spanish II|
|Statistics||SCI 1102 Probability and Statistics|
|Studio Art: 2-D Design||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Studio Art: 3-D Design||* No Equivalent Course *|
|Studio Art: Drawing||* No Equivalent Course *|
|United States History||LTR 2101 Roots of American Culture, Thought, and History|
|World History||* No Equivalent Course *|