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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Department Chair

Department News


Dr. Kim Hall

Awarded the Collage of Arts and Sciences

Donald W. Sink Family Outstanding Scholar Award

The award honors the tenured faculty member in CAS who has made outstanding scholarly contributions throughout his/her career.

Dr. Davis Hankins

Awarded the College of Arts and Sciences

William C. Strickland Outstanding Junior Faculty Award

It is awarded to a member of the faculty who has demonstrated, while at the University, the highest standards of excellence in research, scholarship and contributions to his/her academic field. 

Dr. Rick Elmore

SGA Outstanding Professor for the College of Arts and Sciences

This is a student nominated award sponsored by the Student Government Association and awarded to one faculty member in each college of the University. 

Upcoming Events

The Department of Philosophy and Religion's fall colloquium will focus on "Philosophy and Religion in the Contemporary World". The schedule of speakers can be found here.

Upcoming Courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Our Spring 2017 courses! Sign up now!

Philosophy Spring 2018

Religious Studies Spring 2018

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