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Although embodying two distinct programs, the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is united in its aim to help students to live rich and meaningful lives and to become thoughtful and responsible citizens of the world. To this end the faculty is committed to the intellectual and moral development of students through personal and formal contacts both inside and outside the classroom. The study of either philosophy or religious studies engages questions about ultimate meanings and values, it exposes students to different systems of thought and belief, and it provides challenging occasions for conceptual and moral debate, self-knowledge, and a personal engagement with our increasingly complex multicultural world.
In the Philosophy Program there are a number of more specific and interrelated goals and objectives which are pursued as means to our general departmental mission. These include teaching students to identify, analyze and assess arguments; develop their capacity for self-knowledge and ethical reflection; acquire familiarity with the history of philosophy; and develop their critical reading, writing and speaking skills. These goals are interrelated and interdependent in important ways.