Bulletin/Catalog Year 2019-2020
College of Arts and Letters
Department of History and Philosophy
Location: Harned Hall, Room 340
Description of Major
The Philosophy and Religion major consists of three options: Philosophical Studies, Religious Studies, and Ethics, Law, and Political Theory. The Philosophy and Religion curriculum is designed to encourage students to think critically and creatively about human existence and the nature of reality. It emphasizes (1) training in critical reasoning and logical analysis; (2) an understanding of the many methods of human inquiry; (3) a survey of the history of philosophy and the history of ethics; (4) the analysis and appreciation of values and their application to moral and political issues; (5) a reflective and tolerant exploration of religion; and (6) the growth of a personal philosophy based on the lifelong search for and appreciation of truth, knowledge, goodness, and beauty.
The Philosophy and Religion Major is good background for most any career area or graduate study option. The degree is sought after by many businesses as an indicator of analytical ability. Philosophy Majors are among the highest scorers of any major on standardized tests. The Religious Studies curriculum is good background for anyone with an interest in the world religions and religious issues or considering a career in religion. The Ethics, Law and Political Theory concentration is especially good background for law school or work in government.