Welcome to Philosophy and Religion at JMU!

Our faculty and students engage critically with ideas and values that shape human life across the globe. From Aristotle to Zen, our curriculum tackles a rich range of historical and contemporary issues. No matter what fundamental questions drive you, you can explore them in our department.  In addition to serving the university's general education program, we offer a major in Philosophy and Religion as well as minors in Philosophy, Logic and Reasoning, Ethics, Religion, Global Religion and Global Issues, and Christian Studies.  

Major Requirements: 11 or 12 courses (33 or 36 credit hours)

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Our alumni pursue a wide variety of careers and paths of impact: law, governmental consulting, intelligence analysis, counseling, education, international development, journalism, public health, psychology, business, and more. A degree in Philosophy and Religion prepares students to navigate the complexities of our diverse and ever-changing human community.  As one of our recent graduates, Ryan Silver, writes of her experience in our degree program: "Studying philosophy and religion increased my intercultural awareness and gave me the tools to understand how others view the world.  This has been especially valuable while working in diverse settings and goverment agencies.  Our worldviews can greatly affect the way that we communicate in the workplace and interact with others, and understanding how others approach life has made me a better person, coworker, and leader." 

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