Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy faculty with student

Philosophy Programs

If your college experience finds you craving an intellectual challenge, philosophy may well be right for you. Philosophers think and write clearly and precisely about many of the deepest questions we can ask about our world, questions about the nature of reality, the nature and limits of human knowledge, fundamental principles of ethics, and the foundations of justice and human rights. Philosophical training will sharpen your mind and enrich your life.

Philosophy, BA

Philosophy/Politics and Economics Track, BA

Minor in Philosophy

Religious Studies Programs

In our bachelor's degree program in religious studies, you explore the phenomenon of religion in daily life. In the process, you may also discover new career options, as our nonsectarian method of study enables you to develop critical thinking skills that lead to a deeper comprehension of world and national cross-cultural events. It's also an ideal choice if you are contemplating a double major or a minor.

BA in Religious Studies

Religious Studies Honors Program

Minor in Religious Studies

Why Study Philosophy or Religious Studies?
Philosophy and Religious Studies majors have skills that will serve them throughout their lives.

For Current Students
Research guides, internships, and more for current Philosophy students and Religious Studies students.

Honors Programs
Information about our Honors Programs in Philosophy and Religious Studies.

Daniel N. Boone Speaker Series
Philosophy talks

Howard Z. Fitzgerald Philosophy Essay Contest
Prizes, rules, and past winners.


Yan Publishes “Seeming Incomparability and Rational Choice”

Leo Yan, of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, published an article titled “Seeming Incomparability and Rational Choice” in the journal Politics, Philosophy, and Economics.

Pedersen Publishes Book on Human Agency and Heidegger

Hans Pedersen, Department of Philosophy, published a book titled Agency, Freedom, and Responsibility in the Early Heidegger.

Yan Presents “Incomparability, Consequentialism, and Risk” at Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress

Leo Yan, Department of Philosophy, presented a paper titled “Incomparability, Consequentialism, and Risk” at the thirteenth annual Rocky Mountain Ethics Congress.

2020 Howard Z. Fitzgerald Philosophy Essay Contest Winners

The Philosophy Department congratulates the winners of the 2020 Howard Z. Fitzgerald Essay Contest.

Downie Contributes Critical Incidents in Teaching Article to Wabash Center Journal of Teaching

Religious Studies Department associate professor Alison Downie published “Who Speaks When?” in the Wabash Center Journal of Teaching. Downie’s article was one of three selected from the journal’s call for papers on Critical Incidents in Teaching.