About the Major
The primary mission of the Department of Philosophy and Religion is
to deepen understanding of those philosophical and religious traditions
most often associated with western culture and values—Christianity and
western philosophy. The program also strives to acquaint students with
the study of minority and non-western philosophies and religions.
Students may elect to major or minor in either Philosophy or Religious
Studies or to pursue an interdisciplinary minor in Ethics.
in Philosophy and Religious Studies examine fundamental issues of human
existence, such as good versus evil, the meaning of life, and faith in
God. Students also consider specific issues of the moral life, such as
animal rights or the role of religion in public life. Simply put, the
department is devoted to helping students excel in Philosophy and
Religious Studies within the context of a women-centered community of
learning. The primary method of learning is dialogue with other
students and professors about outstanding works in Philosophy and