Philosophy & Religious Studies

Masthead for Philosophy and Religious Studies

Philosophy and religious studies are two independent academic disciplines housed in the same department. Because they are fundamentally concerned with human culture and values, both are in the humanities. The Department is a member of the College of Arts & Sciences.

Philosophy is the study of the intellectual foundations of virtually every area of human thought and action. Over the centuries, philosophers have examined the nature and justification of moral values and scientific explanations, the relation of thought and action, the grounds for deciding among the alternative accounts of reality, and the nature of reasoning and argument. Such study will develop your abilities to read critically, write logically, analyze divergent viewpoints, and give good reasons for your opinions.  Why Study Philosophy?

Religious Studies is the academic examination of one of the most important phenomena of human culture. Its objective is to illuminate the diverse ways that religion confers meaning and value and to examine religion's power to transform lives and cultures. It investigates the ideas, practices, and styles of life basic to religion, as well as the role religion plays in human culture, society, history, and psychology. Religious Studies is a cross-cultural, interdisciplinary approach to the study of all aspects of various religions and does not advocate any particular religious ideas or beliefs. Instead it encourages an appreciation of the rich diversity of religious perspectives. Why Study Religious Studies?

Programs and Degree Requirements:
Current Courses for Philosophy and Religious Studies:

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How do you become a philosophy or religious studies major?

Fill out a change of major form and take it to Caryn Morgan in 203b Morgan Hall or talk to a philosophy or religious studies professor.

Contacts and Contact Information
Mailing Address:

Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies
1 University Circle
456 Morgan Hall
Macomb, IL 61455-1390

Web: www.wiu.edu/philosophy
Web: www.wiu.edu/religious_studies

Phone: (309) 298-1057