Philosophy and religious studies

Socrates claimed that “the unexamined life is not worth living,” and Aristotle said that philosophy begins in wonder. In fact, philosophical reflection is unavoidable. Fundamental questions and puzzles about the ultimate nature of the world and the mind’s place in it, the possibility of free will, the constituents of consciousness and intentional action, the foundations of moral judgment, and the character of justice animate our deepest thinking and structure our approach to life. The American philosopher William James said that philosophy is “nothing but an unusually obstinate effort to think clearly.” That accurately describes our courses. Applying distinctively philosophical methods in studying both historical figures like Aristotle and Descartes and the best contemporary work, students learn to think rigorously, critically and creatively and to express their ideas effectively.

Students majoring in religious studies at Ursinus pursue a broad variety of endeavors after graduation, including graduate study in Ph.D. programs in philosophy, law school, medical school, and business.

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In the News: Watson Fellow Codey Young


Chinese Universities Host Author Carlin Romano


Schellhase Essay Prize in Ethics Launched in Honor of Alumnus


Codey Young Is Watson Fellow for Creative Year Abroad


Romano Distinguished Visiting Scholar at Peking U


Romano Lectures at American Academy in Rome; U of Macau


Carlin Romano Jury Chair for J. Anthony Lukas Book Prize


Symposium on Romano Book at Philadelphia Library


Pursuing Global Exploration: Watson Nominees Announced


Romano Celebrates Chinese Philosophy at Sino-US Colloquium


Carlin Romano Delivers Lectures at Kenyon College


New Faculty Members Join Ursinus


The Moral Injuries of War


Guggenheim Fellow Romano Posts Review and Article


Politics Professor Sheds Light on Grant Dilemma


Prof. Romano is Guggenheim Fellow — an Ursinus First


Class of 1954 Endows Chair in Ethics; Dr. Sorensen is Chair Holder


Philosophical Society Symposium on Romano’s Book


Destination Haiti: Students Plan Their Journey


Romano Returns from State Dept. Russia Trip; Beijing


Romano is only American Author at Beijing Book Fair


Text Comes to Life for Committed Student Codey Young


Prof. Romano Delivers Chautauqua Keynote Lecture


Professor’s Book Receiving National Attention


Can the Dead Be Harmed? A philosophy major reflects on a provocative question.


Romano’s Book Reviewed and Featured


Conference Presentations for Philosophy Student


Book: ‘Starred’ reviews by Kirkus, Publishers Weekly


Civil Rights Trip Brought Text to Life for Students


Publisher’s Weekly Names Faculty Book one of Top Ten


Magazine Preview: What is Happiness?


Ursinus Professor To Interview Umberto Eco at Public Event


Exploring Responsibilities of the Whistleblower Website


Faculty Good News


Bertrand Russell in Pennsylvania Topic of Symposium


Faculty Good News


Professor’s Book Review in New York Times


’11 Grad Gains Foundation for Leadership as Philly Fellow


Philosophy Major Given Highest Honor


Philosophy Faculty Writes in Wall Street Journal, and American Scholar


Professor to Attend Select Liberal Arts Symposium


Professor Named an Academic Fellow at Tel Aviv U.


Prof. Romano To Chair Jury for Literary Excellence Award


Scholar Beth Bailey To Speak on Sexual Revolution & Aftermath


January 2011: Professor Romano’s blog in Chronicle of Higher Education


NEH-Supported Pilot Course Asks, ‘What is Love?’


Dec. 22, 2010: Professor Goetz has Book Reviewed in Wall Street Journal


Professor Edits ‘Philadelphia Noir’ Collection


ART AND SCIENCE


At the time of Plato, Western philosophy was taught through dialogue. Our students join in that tradition, learning in small classes taught by active scholars. These classes emphasize writing and speaking.

REQUIREMENTS & COURSES
Curriculum

Major in
Philosophy
Religious Studies 
Minor in
Philosophy
Religious Studies