The Major or Minor in Philosophy acquaints students with the significant philosophical concepts in Western thought and provides training in the major currents of contemporary philosophical investigation. Stress is placed on philosophy as an activity, combining a knowledge of important philosophical issues with the bases for developing an analytical judgment that is both critical and productive.

The Major or Minor in Religion provides students the critical thinking skills to examine the incredible diversity and pervasiveness of religious life, religious experience, and religious thought throughout human history and today. Students learn to employ a variety of literary, historical, philosophical, theological, phenomenological, and social-scientific methods of religious study.

In addition, students may choose to pursue our Minor in Ethics or Minor in Philosophy and Religion. The Minor in Ethics provides the opportunity to explore questions of morality, value, and justice as these arise in a variety of personal, social, professional, and political contexts. Students are introduced to both rigorous theory and concrete practices. The Minor in Philosophy and Religion gives students the flexibility to put together a course of study that crosses between these often overlapping disciplines.

Majors and minors on both sides of the department are provided excellent preparation for various areas of graduate study and careers in law, politics, writing, communications, journalism, education, business, social services, international relations, public relations, social policy, and much else. They gain the skills that employees and graduate schools most seek: critical thinking, strong writing, clear discussion, and creative leadership. For more information on careers, see the For Students page, and the Why Study Philosophy and Why Study Religion resources.