College of Arts & Sciences

Department of English, Philosophy & Modern Languages

Philosophy & Religious Studies

Welcome to Philosophy and Religious Studies


Philosophy and Religious Studies courses invite students to ponder the meaning of life and their place in the larger world. The philosophy department is fundamentally inquisitive, interactive, and critical in nature, drawing on a rich heritage of religious and philosophical thoughts from around the world and down through time. Courses hone skills such as the ability to think critically, clarify ideas, think independently, and organize and deliver a point of view. Subject matter tends tend to be both personal and universal.


Studying philosophy and religion develops skills such as critical thinking, self-examination, inquisitiveness, self-expression, and breadth of perspective. Philosophy and Religious Studies courses are particularly useful for those seeking careers in law, business, education, ministry, medicine, social work, and/or those who simply want a richer life experience.  Students seeking positions immediately after college often find that philosophy, combined with another area of expertise, equips them with attitudes and critical skills essential to their careers.


After successfully completing the program, students in philosophy will demonstrate an understanding of basic philosophical and ethical approaches to life across cultures.


Phil Minor


A full list of currently offered philosophy and religious studies courses can be found here and here.  Check below for upcoming philosophy and religious studies courses in the 2016-17 academic year:


Spring 2017

PHL 110-­‐001 Introduction to Ethics M W F 10:30 -­‐ 11:30 LA 208 Lisa Kemmerer
PHL 110-­‐800 Introduction to Ethics online     Ana Diaz
PHL 110-­‐801 Introduction to Ethics online     Lisa Kemmerer
PHL 111-­‐001 Philosophies of Life M W F 2:00 -­‐ 3:00 LA 203 Ana Diaz
PHL 111-­‐800 Philosophies of Life online     staff
PHL 254-­‐001 People and Politics M W F 11:40 -­‐ 12:40 LA 311 Ana Diaz
PHL 324 Nature, Culture, & Philosophy M W F 9:20 -­‐ 10:20 LI 302 Lisa Kemmerer
PHL 326-­‐001 Death, Dying & Medical Ethics T R 10:30 -­‐ 12:00 LA 302 Ana Diaz
RLST 245-­‐001 Christianity T R 12:10 -­‐ 1:40 LA 304 staff
RLST 304-­‐001 Mythology Around the World M W F 11:40 -­‐ 12:40 LA 430 Bill Kamowski
Faculty in Philosophy and Religious Studies
Dr. Lisa Kemmerer
Professor of Philosophy

Dr. Ana Diaz
Assistant Professor of Philosophy


Minors in Philosophy & Religious Studies


Why Philosophy?