Welcome to the Department of Philosophy and Religion!

We invite you to explore our world, examine beliefs, understand a diversity of world views, and challenge the ideas and values that instruct our lives.

Whether you take one class, pursue a major in our department, or stop by for a chat, you will find that philosophical & religious dialogue is stimulating and thought provoking.  Human beings have asked philosophical and religious questions throughout recorded history, and such questions lie at the heart of what it means to be human. By pursuing knowledge in this department, you will be participating in value inquiry and the search for meaning that motivates human beings and that characterizes human culture.

In our contemporary world where so much conflict and human misery stems from religious and philosophical bases to politics, we can no longer afford to remain uninformed about the world's diversity of philosophical and religious perspectives. Come join us in our attempt to learn more about human communities, hopes, and aspirations.

The thinking and communication skills acquired through an undergraduate degree in Philosophy & Religion are important in all career pursuits and appeal to a variety of employers or may be used as a further specialized study. Some graduates have gone on to complete advanced degrees in philosophy, divinity, law, religious studies, education, history, and psychology. 

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UPCOMING EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE DEPARTMENT OF PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION

Fall 2014

Philosophy and Religion Lecture/Seminar Series, Belk Library Lecture Hall 114, 5pm

  • September 25, Dr William Maynard Hutchins, "Why Translated Novels Matter"
  • October 23, Dr. Jesse Taylor, "Responsibility, Resilience and Black Solidarity"
  • November 18, Dr. Thomas B. Ellis, "'Oh, I'm not Religious; I'm Spiritual': What the Bleep does that Mean?"

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Upcoming Courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies

The following links will take you to the list of our upcoming courses.  We look forward to seeing you in one of our classes!

Philosophy Courses for Fall 2014

Religious Studies Courses for Fall 2014

Cognizance Undergraduate Philosophy Journal

Cognizance is an online journal created to showcase outstanding work in philosophy and promote outsider interest in philosophical topics.  Cognizance is a joint effort between graduate students of Tufts University and undergraduates of Appalachian State University.  The Editor-in-Chief is Jordan Gray.

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