Philosophy and Religion

Colosseum Rome
Bear Hall
Chinese Buddhism
Seine River Paris
We March Together
Versailles Palace

The Philosophy and Religion (PAR) 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.

Founded in 1963

The PAR department plays a vital role in the University's mission to embrace global diversity and critical thinking. Founded in 1963, our department has grown from three faculty members to include sixteen full-time faculty.

Highest Scores on Pre-Graduate Exams

We train students to think critically about contemporary issues and problems. Our students' scores on pre-graduate exams like the GRE, MCAT, and the LSAT, are among the highest of all university majors

Study Abroad Opportunities

Within the PAR Department, we prepare our students to work within a diverse and international society. Many of our students study abroad and apply what they've learned to real world events and circumstances.


Department Statement on Free Speech and Diversity

The Philosophy and Religion Department values respectful disagreement and the right to free speech. We recognize that questioning, discussion, debate, and disagreement are essential to the educational process, and that free speech and academic freedom are also essential to our educational mission.

However, we also recognize that the First Amendment is not absolute and there are limits to free speech and tolerance. Hate speech will not be tolerated in the Department of Philosophy and Religion or Bear Hall.

The PAR Department is united with others in standing against racism, religious intolerance, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, and xenophobia. We oppose and will not tolerate any forms of harassment against UNCW colleagues and students in this space. PAR is a refuge and community for many to share and explore a plethora of ideas and thoughts. We will make sure that this space remains this way.