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JMU Major: Philosophy and Religion

Description of the Major | Degrees Offered | Concentrations | Minors |
Declaring the Major | Progressing in the Major

Description of the Major

The major is a part of the Department of Philosophy and Religion, an academic unit within the College of Arts and Letters.

Students majoring in Philosophy and Religion choose a concentration in philosophy or religion. The philosophy concentration focuses on major figures such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Locke, Berkeley, Hume and Kant. Students will study problems arising in contemporary movements such as analytic philosophy, existentialism and American philosophy; students will be introduced to the major subdivisions of philosophy, including logic, ethics, aesthetics, philosophy and law, philosophy of science and philosophy of religion.

The religion concentration focuses on the major religious traditions of the world: Hinduism, Buddhism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam; their expression in cultural and social practices; and particular cultural and religious traditions. Topic areas in the study of religion include eastern religions, western religions, Biblical studies, ethics, religion and society, and religious thought and theology. Connections are made between religion and other areas of knowledge, such as literature, politics, history, and the arts. Students will assess the role religion plays in contemporary social and political contexts, American and global.

Degrees Offered





Interdisciplinary Philosophy

Interdisciplinary Religion




Global Religions and Global Issues

Declaring the Major

New Freshmen and Transfer Students
Students should declare the Philosophy and Religion major when they register for orientation.

Currently Enrolled Major Changers
Students should submit a "Change or Declaration of Major" form to the Philosophy and Religion department in Cleveland Hall, Room 112.

Progressing in the Major

Remain in good academic standing with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.