Mission Statement

The two disciplines of our department are dedicated to:

The philosophy side of our department aims to prepare students to comprehend and discuss complex texts and to help them interpret these texts in the world in which they find themselves.  The philosophy faculty bring their philosophical skills to a variety of ethical situations in the contemporary world, helping to define, clarify, and interpret moral issues in areas that range from medicine to the environment and from the world of business to philanthropy.

The religious studies faculty work to inculcate informed empathy in our students and the wider community as they approach and work to understand the world’s religions. Like their philosopher counterparts, they work to prepare students to understand and analyze the varieties of religious experiences. The religious studies faculty’s research ranges throughout many world religious traditions and focuses on the expressions of those traditions in the contemporary world.