About the Philosophy & Religion Department

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School of Social & Cultural Studies: Philosophy and Religion Department

The Philosophy and Religion Department at Truman State University is dedicated to freedom of thought and inquiry.

The various aspects of the study of philosophy and religion reflect some of the quintessential efforts of human beings throughout history to know themselves, their society, and their purposes in life. Philosophy has also sought to free individuals from the forces of ignorance, fear, and injustice in society. The exploration of religious traditions likewise requires students to see the world as others have and to challenge their perceived notions about what is “true” and “right” in the world.

The support for critical inquiry on the part of our Philosophy and Religion faculty inevitably goes hand in hand with the advancement of knowledge and the personal, social, and intellectual growth of our students.

Philosophy and Religion Academic Programs

Goals of the Philosophy and Religion Program

  • Broad, foundational understanding of the history and practices of philosophies and religions;
  • Engaged familiarity with methodological questions in philosophy and religious studies;
  • Knowledgeable appreciation of other disciplines and of philosophical issues and questions of religion that relate to other disciplines;
  • Critical and empathetic textual acuity;
  • Cognitive skills;
  • Communication and argumentation skills;
  • Intellectual independence;
  • Capacity for open-mindedness and ethical sensitivity.

Philosophy and Religion Curriculum

The philosophy and religion major is flexible, and almost half our students are double majors. It is an area of study that can be integrated with any other field in the liberal arts. It is also a great complement to pre-professional programs, especially in education and health sciences — fields in which our majors regularly find jobs after graduation.

Bethany

I found it very relaxing to get away from the hustle and bustle of a big city and get the chance to enjoy all of the aspects of a smaller town. This town is a wonderful place to enhance your college experience.

Bethany Williams ('13), Communication Major

Two Philosophy and Religion Majors Inducted into National Honor Society

July 28, 2017

PHRE majors Samantha Barnhart and Tia Sarkar were elected as the 2017 inductees to Truman’s selective Alpha Iota Lambda chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), the national honor society for religious studies.

2017 PHRE inductees to TAK chapter2017 PHRE inductees to TAK chapter

July 27, 2017

  Samantha Barnhart and Tia Sarkar were elected as the 2017 inductees to Truman’s selective Alpha Iota Lambda chapter of Theta Alpha Kappa (TAK), the national honor society for religious studies. Currently Truman’s chapter has twenty-five student members, twenty-one of whom have graduated. TAK is the only Honor Society dedicated to recognizing academic excellence in […]

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