Dr. Kip Redick with a group of students around a campfire

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

In the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, we investigate the big questions: the nature of existence, reality, knowledge, God, ethics and beauty – questions that form the basis of many other disciplines, and that through study, support a more meaningful life.

Building on the historical (e.g., ancient, medieval, modern) and cross-cultural (e.g., Christian, Muslim, Buddhist, secular) foundations of these topics, you’ll learn how to critically interrogate their practical consequences for our communities. Whether through exposing logical fallacies in political discourse, investigating the environmental ethics of global climate change or articulating responses to world religious conflict, we emphasize how philosophy and religious studies matter today.

Our majors consistently score in the top percentiles of standardized tests (e.g., GRE, MCAT, LSAT) for law school, medical school and graduate school. Our emphasis on marketable skills like analytic problem solving and ethical leadership prepare students for an array of vocations in teaching, technology, counseling, government, nonprofit, business and more.

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