Philosophy and Religion Major (BA, BS)
As a philosophy and religion major, you explore a range of multicultural perspectives that enhance your capacity for open-mindedness and ethical sensitivity. You develop valuable critical-thinking, problem-solving, and communication skills necessary to participate thoughtfully and constructively in local, national, and global communities.
Almost half of our philosophy and religion students pursue more than one area of study — common double majors include English, psychology, and history. This major also complements pre-professional programs, especially in education and health sciences.
The philosophy and religion major provides an excellent foundation for work in law, business, teaching, communications, health professions, ministry, non-profits, public affairs, and more. Our PHRE graduates thrive in graduate school:
- 66% pursue degrees outside of religious studies (philosophy, law, MBA, etc.)
- 43% pursue degrees in religious studies
Notable graduate schools attended by our PHRE graduates include:
- St. Paul’s School of Theology
- University of Connecticut
- University of Missouri
of PHRE majors complete research
of PHRE graduates seeking employment are employed
of PHRE students pursue more than one major
U.S. News and World Report ranks Truman as the No. 1 public school in the Midwest
Why study philosophy and religion?
The world needs reflective thinkers and creative problem-solvers who can address the ethical, conceptual, and worldview dimensions of complex societal issues.
As a philosophy and religion major, you can find a wide variety of internships in schools, community organizations, law offices, and other professional settings.
Philosophy and Religion Conference
Each year, the Philosophy and Religion Department gathers students from across the nation to share the results of their research.
Work closely with a faculty member on research or delve deeper into an academic pursuit that matches your interests. Truman's Office of Student Research offers travel stipends to present student research at conferences.
You can often use many of the same sources of financial assistance for a study-abroad program that are available for on-campus courses.
Having a broader outlook and the ability to think critically about larger issues makes Truman's Philosophy and Religion faculty, students, and alumni stand out above the crowd.