Lantern Experiment. Surf City, NC. Photo by Scott James

The Philosophy and Religion Department

The Philosophy and Religion Department seeks to foster philosophy and the study of religions and to encourage a critical appreciation of the deepest issues of human experience of the past and present, in our own culture and globally. It plays a vital role in the University’s effort to stimulate intellectual curiosity, imagination, rational thinking, and thoughtful expression in its students and in the community. As a joint department that brings together two disciplines -- philosophy and religious studies -- we encourage interdisciplinary and creative approaches to teaching and research. Founded in 1963, the department has grown from three faculty members to include fifteen full-time faculty offering over sixty undergraduate courses.

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