Pursuing Philosophy & Religion
The “Life” Major Explores the Nature of Reality…
School of Social & Cultural Studies: Department of Philosophy & Religion
Examine the efforts of people throughout history to know themselves, their society, and their purpose in life. Figure out how to battle ignorance, fear, and injustice. Explore religion traditions and see the world through others’ eyes. Challenge your preconceived notions about what is “true” and “right” in the world. This program’s emphasis on critical thinking, problem-solving, and clear communication makes our graduates among the most attractive to employers and graduate schools.
Learn. Understand. Prepare for a life that matters!
- Degree offered: Bachelor of Arts
- Major offered: Philosophy & Religion
- Minor offered: Philosophy & Religion
- Approximate number of students pursuing this major: 46
- Approximate number of students pursuing this minor: 43
- Faculty members who have a terminal degree in the field: 100%
- Full-time faculty members: 9
- Part-time faculty members: 2
- Departmental student organizations: Philosophy & Religion Club, Art of Living Club and Students for Middle East Peace
- The Philosophy & Religion Department includes 10 full-time and 2 part-time faculty members, all of whom hold a terminal degree (PhD or ThD) in their field from prestigious schools such as the University of Chicago and Princeton University.
- Learn more about the faculty at truman.edu/philosophy-religion-faculty
- Receive a Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree or a minor in Philosophy & Religion.
- The Philosophy & Religion major is flexible. Almost half of your peers in this program will be double majors!
- Gain a great complement to pre-professional programs, especially in Education and Health Sciences – fields in which Truman’s Philosophy & Religion majors regularly find jobs after graduation.
What Makes Philosophy & Religion Students Distinctive?
Develop strong, clear, persuasive writing skills and demonstrate critical thinking. Leave with writing skills applicable to any kind of employment you wish to pursue – an essential qualification that will give you an edge over most other candidates for a job.
Work closely with one or more faculty members on a research project, Multiple presentation opportunities exist locally and nationwide for student work.
Get recognized for your academic achievements, including:
- The Rhodes Scholarship: In Fall 2009, Truman was honored with its first Rhodes Scholar, Philosophy & Religion major Andrew McCall.
- The Fulbright Scholarship
- Phi Kappa Phi
- Phi Beta Kappa
- Theta Alpha Kappa: the undergraduate theological and religious studies honors society
After the Degree
- 95% of Philosophy and Religion graduates seeking employment are employed.
- 43% of our graduates pursued or are pursuing a graduate degree in religious studies or theology.
- 66% of our graduates pursued or are pursuing a graduate degree outside of religious studies (PhD in philosophy, law degree, MBA, etc.)
- Graduate School
Enroll in any number of the top graduate programs in the country, including the University of Chicago, Vanderbilt University, Princeton University, Duke University, McGill University, and Georgetown Law. Prepare for studies not only in philosophy, theology, and religious studies, but also in fields as diverse as information science, chemistry, physics, library science, and music. Majors report entering graduate school far more prepared than most of their peers in the same programs.
Receive an ideal preparation for the analytic and argumentative environment of the law profession. A recent survey states that the top major being admitted to law school is philosophy!
Want to teach elementary or high school? Transition fluidly into Truman’s Master of Arts in Education program, with specializations in English as a Second Language (Philosophy & Religion graduates have taught in France and China), Special Education, and Music Education.
- Health Professions
Find opportunities in one of the fastest-growing fields of employment, working in nursing, hospital administration, elder care, and community health.
Interested in religious outreach and education? Some graduates seek seminary degrees at such schools as Columbia Theological Seminary, Covenant Theological Seminary, Denver Seminary, Duke Divinity School, Princeton Theological Seminary, University of Chicago Divinity School, and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and have worked as pastors, chaplains, and youth ministers.
Build values and skills that naturally lend themselves to work in non-profit organizations. Find positions in non-government organizations in the Middle East, the Missouri Historical Society, the Peace Corps, grants research, community theater, intentional/sustainable communities, and state government – just as recent Truman Philosophy & Religion interns did.