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Students majoring in philosophy or religion may choose one of four concentrations: either philosophy, religion, philosophy with an interdisciplinary focus, or religion with an interdisciplinary focus.

Whether concentrating in philosophy or religion, students in the department acquire the following fundamental skills and knowledge: the ability to think critically and rigorously with increased capabilities for problem solving and analysis of arguments; thorough familiarity with the literature, major figures, issues, ideals and practices of the discipline and the ability to express themselves clearly, soundly and persuasively in oral and written form. These three skill areas are the foundation and substance of a major in philosophy and religion. On the basis of this training, students should be prepared to express their own creative thought in a disciplined and effective manner.

Click on the links to the left to learn more about studying philosophy and religion at James Madison University.

Administrative Office Specialist: Anita Brown

Department Head and Philosophy Program Coordinator: Dr. Charles Bolyard

Associate Department Head and Religion Program Coordinator: Dr. Bob Brown