The Department of Philosophy and Religion
Central to human existence, and central to the liberal arts, are questions of meaning. The systematic exploration of these questions and their possible answers defi ne studies in philosophy and religion. Courses in philosophy and religion thus are oriented towards helping students discover and develop their most fundamental views — their world view. As such, courses in philosophy and religion are essential to liberal arts education, and to the exploration and definition of who we are as human beings. The department off ers major and minor courses of study in philosophy, religion and a combined philosophy and religion program of study. The department is distinctive in its focus on the practical application of philosophical and religious studies. Accordingly, students majoring in philosophy or religion are strongly encouraged to participate in field experience (PHIL/RELG 276) and internships (PHIL/RELG 397, 398, 497, 498) that apply their skills and insights to real-world contexts.