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Why Study Philosophy and Religious Studies?

Philosophy is the critical study of alternative perspectives. By developing skills of rational dialogue and arguing, the student of philosophy examines and compares various positions regarding such topics as the nature of reality, the foundations of knowledge, and the justification of values. A course in philosophy will provide to students a working acquaintance with reflective methods that can be applied to their interests generally. A minor in philosophy can supplement major areas of study in such a way as to reinforce the comprehension of issues in these fields. The major in philosophy will prepare a student for work in a wide variety of areas.

Religious Studies is the multi-disciplinary exploration of the phenomena of human experience commonly called "religious." This includes study of the genesis and interpretation of religious texts; the formation, history, beliefs, and practices of religious communities and traditions; the role of religion in society and culture; issues in religion and science, including the psychology of religious experience; religion in literature and the arts; religious morality; philosophy of religion. The academic study of religion provides an excellent "window" into other cultures, while enhancing students' understanding of their own society and its history. A degree in Religious Studies provides an excellent foundation for a wide range of careers as well as preparing students for demanding graduate programs.