Department of Religion and Philosophy

The Department of Religion and Philosophy acquaints students with a variety of religious traditions and philosophical perspectives by offering courses emphasizing critical, comparative, ethical, historical, and interdisciplinary inquiries. The focus is primarily on the Judeo-Christian tradition, particularly the African-American aspect.

Majors are offered in religion, philosophy, and interdisciplinary studies. The first two areas are suggested for students intending to pursue graduate study in religion or philosophy. Students may design majors in fields such as religion and communications, religion and music, and religion and business administration. Interdepartmental majors in other areas may also be arranged.

Particular courses of study followed by individual majors (15 courses) are determined in consultation with the Department's faculty and are designed with the major's interests and objectives in mind. The 15 courses required for an interdepartmental major consist of eight religion and philosophy courses and seven in other disciplines.


The mission of the Department of Religion and Philosophy is to prepare students with the understanding and the competency to apply major theoretical and practical concepts in the fields of religion and philosophy including perspectives for moral, ethical, and character education while facilitating relationships with United Methodist organizations, campus ministries and alumni, and seeking new knowledge for solving challenges confronting a diverse global community.


The Department of Religion and Philosophy will be a nationally recognized theoretical, practical, and empirically research-based interdisciplinary character education program, serving to expand the University’s foundational role for religious, spiritual and ethical instruction.

Pictured: Religion and philosophy major Tyler Joshua Green (B.A., '14) served as undergraduate student government president and, thereby, as a University trustee.  He is currently pursuing the master's degree in Divinity at Duke University.


Philip Dunston, Ph.D., Chair,
McPheeters-Dennis, Suite 240, Office 246