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Department of Philosophy and Religion

Majors and Minors

Our programs focus on the empathetic ability to understand, the precise writing skills to articulate, and the critical-thinking power to examine the historical institutions, doctrines, and practices of different religious and philosophical traditions.

We offer the following majors and minors:

  • Bachelor of arts in philosophy
    • Optional concentrations in pre-seminary studies and religious studies
  • Judeo-Christian studies minor
  • Philosophy of law minor
  • Philosophy and religious studies minor

The curriculum is very flexible, and is often pursued in conjunction with other majors and minors.

Full curriculum

Sample Courses

PHIL 207 - Ethical Issues in Business

From Machiavelli’s leadership egoism to Enron’s accounting scandal, this course examines the moral questions of the business world. In particular, the course emphasizes the development and application of critical thinking skills (e.g., fallacies, informal arguments, validity) for moral evaluation. Satisfies the logical reasoning foundation requirement.

RSTD 338 - Pilgrimage on the Appalachian Trail

Hiking the Appalachian Trail can be understood as a kind of modern spiritual journey. This course is an experiential exploration of the Appalachian Trail, comparing and contrasting the experience of walking through the wilderness with traditional pilgrimages, and learning about others’ experience and reasons for hiking the trail. Class members will learn through reading, journal writing, interpersonal communication and hiking how pilgrim backpackers experience communitas in relation to both persons and their environment.

PHIL 326 - Philosophy in the Movies

This course is an experiential exploration of philosophical concepts within classic and popular film. While specific films and themes vary each semester, common topics include the representation of good vs. evil, utopia and dystopia, the ethics of science and technology, gender relations, justice and the law, the nature of existence, and the cosmos. Partially satisfies the writing intensive requirement.

PHIL 319 - Philosophy of Love and Sexuality

Tracing the development of the concept of Eros (sexual love, desire) through the Western philosophical tradition, this course explores topics like the attainability of “true love,” the ethical imperatives of faithfulness and monogamy, the roles of masculinity and femininity, and the categorization of “normal” and “abnormal” sexual behavior in our culture today.


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