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Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies courses help students develop their own perspectives on personal and global topics while sharpening critical thinking skills. Reflecting on the reasons they and others have for thinking as they do philosophy students deepen their understanding of themselves while broadening their outlook on life while; understanding the power of religion and spirituality has become a pressing need in the contemporary world.

Philosophy

Literally, “love of wisdom” — we engage the enduring questions of Western culture: What is Truth? What are our obligations to other people? What is Reality? How should we decide among different solutions to these problems? Raising and assessing critically influential answers to such questions is fundamental to all courses in philosophy. Our courses help students develop their own perspectives on these topics while sharpening critical thinking skills and our students often compliment their coursework in philosophy with an additional major. Some career choices Philosophy majors and minors pursue include law, medicine, theology, writing, and teaching.

Religious Studies

Understanding the power of religion and spirituality has become a pressing need in our contemporary circumstances. Religions offer answers to “the big questions” about the purpose of life. Majoring in religion readies students to interact intelligently and knowledgeably about religion and its impact in social life and in the areas of politics, science, history and culture. The major or minor is also appropriate for persons preparing for further theological study and church-related vocations. Double majoring is an exciting interdisciplinary option. Recent religion majors have also majored in Accounting, Computer Science, History, Literature, and Philosophy.

Majors:

  • Philosophy – B.A.
  • Philosophy and Religious Studies – B.A.
  • Religious Studies – concentrations in Christian Formation and Liturgy or Religion and Culture – B.A.

Minors:

  • Philosophy
  • Religious Studies

Program Learning Outcomes

Faculty

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