Welcome

About the Department...

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers Bachelors of Science and Bachelor of Arts degrees in both Philosophy and Religious Studies. Minors are offered in philosophy and religious studies and courses contribute to a variety of interdisciplinary programs. Coursework in both programs is intended to acquaint students with the methods, systems, and problems germane to the discipline, supply a background for graduate study in philosophy, religious studies, or related areas, and help prepare students for a range of careers in, including but not limited to, law, art, education, healthcare, business, ministry, counseling, and non-profit agencies.

About Philosophy...

Philosophy is unique amongst academic disciplines, having given birth to many of these disciplines as well as providing tools and methods for critical reflection on all areas of human knowledge and practice. Philosophy fervently examines our fundamental ideas regarding our lives, the universe, religion, morality, politics, history, and more. Students of philosophy develop critical thinking and problem solving skills, not just through reading and writing, but also through philosophical dialogue inside and outside the classroom. The study of philosophy can profoundly affect how one thinks and what kind of person one becomes.

About Religious Studies...

Religious literacy is an invaluable resource that prepares students to succeed in an increasingly diverse and multicultural society and workforce. The academic study of religion explores the histories, practices, and experiences within different religious traditions and challenges students to describe, analyze, and critique that material in light of influential ideas about how religions actually work in human life. Religious Studies provides students with an invaluable foundation for a wide range of careers in which reading, writing, understanding, and analysis are essential.

Location...

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offices are located on the third floor of the James Union Building. We welcome opportunities to share information about our department. Feel free to contact us with comments and questions about our programs, lyceum and lecture series, and department activities.

The Philosophy Department Foundation Account...

If you would like to make a financial contribution to the Philosophy Department's Foundation Account, you can do so on the College of Liberal Arts Giving Page