Why Study Philosophy and Religious Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers a major in which students may concentrate in either philosophy or religious studies, as well as minors in philosophy and religious studies. The philosophy concentration with the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies provides students with a broad understanding of the history and dynamics of Western thought; a familiarity with the major branches of philosophy such as logic, ethics, and metaphysics; and an in-depth knowledge of some of the more important philosophers in the Western tradition.  The religious studies concentration provides students with a basic knowledge of the world’s major religions (including Hinduism, Buddhism, Daoism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam); a broad understanding of the common elements and themes in religion; and a familiarity with the various approaches and methods used to study the substance and function of religion.

Consider these key features of this program:

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies majors develop analytical reasoning skills, improve articulation of difficult and abstract concepts, foster critical thinking, and gain a broad understanding of the history of ideas.
  • Study abroad programs are available.
  • The Radford University Philosophy and Religious Studies Club is an organization that provides students an opportunity to discuss philosophical and religious issues.
  • A concentration in Philosophy is excellent preparation for post-graduate work in any liberal arts discipline.
  • A concentration in religious studies prepares students for any career that requires a deep understanding of human motivations and an appreciation of diverse perspectives and values, such as social services or cross-cultural endeavors.

Career Options

Graduates of the philosophy and religious studies program at Radford University will find career opportunities in a variety of areas, come of these may require additional education. Typical Philosophy and Religious Studies careers may include:

  • Government. Students who graduate with a degree in philosophy and religious studies work in local, state and national government agencies.
  • Business. Graduates are employed in private and public business ventures.
  • The arts. With a philosophy and religious studies degree, students become authors, actors, composers, writers and filmmakers.
  • Traditional religious careers. Our graduates find employment in religious organizations as youth ministers, adult ministers, spiritual counselors, and members of the clergy.
  • Law. Our graduates have the logical reasoning skills to become excellent lawyers.
  • Social services. Graduates are able to obtain jobs in counseling, child services, adult services, social work and career services
  • Nonprofit organizations. Graduates may work for non-profit organizations working as a fundraiser, assistant director, promotional speaker, public relations director or event organizer.
  • Teaching. Students who graduate with a degree in philosophy and religious studies teach in public and private schools, colleges and universities.

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