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Philosophy and Religious Studies

Explore the world of ideas while preparing for a variety of creative and dynamic careers.   

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies helps students to learn how to think, not what to think. Philosophy majors develop critical thinking skills, appreciate cultural diversity, become careful readers, and write clearly and accurately. The philosophy major is for students who are passionate about ideas and curious about the world.

The disciplines of Philosophy and Religious Studies ask the pressing questions: What does it mean to be human? How do people make meaning in this world? What is the relationship of individuals to society? These questions are complicated by topics such as class, race, ethnicity, and gender – all of which are addressed by the classes in the Department. From Existentialism to Epistemology, and ranging across time and place from Ancient Israel to Contemporary Tibet, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies has something for everyone.

Studying Philosophy or Religious Studies provides excellent preparation for professional employment in any area where critical thinking, problem-solving, careful reading, and the ability to communicate well are important.

The Department takes pride in working with students to connect their immediate studies with their long-term goals.

Philosophy and Religious Studies Student Orgs

About the Philosophy Program and Concentrations

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies recognizes and supports diverse identities, including those related to race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, ability, religion, socioeconomic status, and place of birth. We value diverse perspectives, experiences, and well-reasoned ideas communicated with civility and respect. As members of the College of Arts and Humanities, we share a responsibility for fostering a welcoming and dynamic learning environment that celebrates uniqueness, pursues equity and justice, and practices inclusive excellence.