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


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.


Major in
Religious Studies 
Minor in
Religious Studies