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What is Philosophy & Religion?

The study of philosophy develops our ability to make sense of ourselves and our surroundings. Philosophers apply critical thinking to questions of values and beliefs in order to understand reality, clarify the nature of interactions between individuals and society, and come to terms with the problems of existence and ultimate values. Different schools of thought in economics, history, psychology, and education are based upon differences in philosophy. Political and religious beliefs and codes of ethic are based on philosophical assumptions. Students who study philosophy engage in the examination of their own beliefs, the resolution of conflicts, the search for a purpose to life, and the development of a basis for ethical decisions.

Religion studies examine spiritual belief, practices, and worship activities. Undergraduate courses in philosophy and religion are geared toward the preparation for life rather than a specific type of work, and provide an excellent background for a variety of careers. A background in philosophy and religion can help develop character and personal skills which are extremely important in most job situations: specifically, the abilities to listen carefully and critically; think clearly; analyze and organize ideas; write; defend one's position rationally; stimulate discussion; and question, confront, support, evaluate, reshape, and understand different points of view.

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Some Employers of Philosophy and Religion Majors:

Advertising Agencies
Consulting Firms
Colleges & Universities
Religious Associations
Newspapers & Magazines
Political Parties
Publishing Companies
Non-Profit Organizations
State & Federal Government
Business & Industry

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Related Major Skills

Communicating in logical manner Interest in pursuing, exploring and explaining intangible ideas
Debating Skills Self-discipline
Theory Development Curiosity
Open-mindedness Close, extensive reading
Objectivity Work Independently
Oratory Skills Problem Solving
Deductive Reasoning

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Occupational Outlook Handbook

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Youth With A Mission

Professional Association Links

SWIP: The Society for Women in Philosophy

American Philosophy Association

Miscellaneous Resources

The Window - philosophy on the Internet

Church and Ecumenical Resources

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy

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