Our Mission

Department of Philosophy and Religion Mission Statement

The Department of Philosophy and Religion provides distinctive academic programs in which students critically and creatively examine the beliefs, values, practices, and institutions that shape human lives. The department guides students in becoming reflective and resilient individuals who contribute to their communities in constructive and meaningful ways. It achieves this mission through excellence in teaching, research, and service; a variety of pedagogical approaches and research methods; collegial and collaborative relationships; and an abiding commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and sustainability. In its curriculum and campus engagements, it recognizes a plurality of the world’s many philosophical and religious perspectives.