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Philosophy and Religion

The Philosophy and Religion Program explores the human condition by studying great ideas with analytical rigor.  With an emphasis on critical thinking, it teaches how think rather than what to think.  The degree prepares students to pursue a wide range of careers.  Philosophy majors are among the highest scores of any major on tests for law school and other graduate schools, and the major is sought after by business and government as an indicator of analytical ability.  Majors choose one of three concentrations depending on their interests and career goals:  Philosophical Studies, Religious Studies, or Ethics, Law, and Political Theory. 

Philosophy and Religion Majors choose one of three concentrations:

The Philosophical Studies Concentration stresses the History of Philosophy, Logic and Ethical Theory. It covers perennial issues in Metaphysics, Epistemology, and Value Theory, including the existence of God, free will, the nature of the mind, the basis of moral obligation, the nature of political justice, and the meaning of life. It is suggested for majors who wish to have a broad understanding of the history of ideas and the philosophical foundations of the liberal arts. The training in analysis and critical thinking is excellent – and sought-after – preparation for business, public service, law, and many other fields. A philosophy major is looked upon favorably by graduate programs across various disciplines.


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This concentration combines Moral and Political Philosophy and Applied Ethics. It is designed for students who are interested in moral and political values and principles and their practical application. Fields covered include the History of Ethics, Social and Political Theory, Philosophy of Law, War and Ethics, Biomedical Ethics, Environmental Ethics, and Religious Ethics. The Ethics, Law and Political Theory Concentration is particularly good preparation for law school or work in government or other public service. The emphasis on critical thinking and problem solving is, like the philosophy major generally, good preparation for many types of work as well as engaged citizenship. 


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The Religious Studies Concentration explores comparative world religions, the philosophy of religion, and the interpretation of scriptures and traditions. Its goal is the understanding of the nature of religion, the great religious traditions, and their role in human existence and social life. This concentration is practical for those thinking about going to seminary to prepare for a religious vocation such as ministry, chaplaincy, or teaching at a religiously affiliated school. It is also suggested for students who plan to go to graduate school in religious studies as preparation for college teaching. Finally, the concentration is suggested for anyone who has a passionate interest in religion and its philosophical inquiry. 


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The Philosophical Studies Minor

The Religious Studies Minor

The Ethical Studies Minor


Philosophy Faculty

The faculty in the philosophy program is committed to mentoring and advising for degree completion and career and graduate study opportunities. 

The Philosophy Faculty is currently composed of the following teachers: 

Dr. Mark Michael (Professor)
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Albany, SUNY (1987)
  • Areas of teaching responsibility include ethical theory, social and political philosophy, modern philosophy, epistemology, and applied ethics.
Dr. Jordy Rocheleau (Professor)
  • Ph.D. in philosophy from Michigan State University (2000)
  • Areas of teaching responsibility are 19th-20th century philosophy, history of ethics, war and ethics, philosophy of law, and religious ethics.
Dr. Anne Edwards (Adjunct)
  • Ph.D. in philosophy
  • Area of teaching responsibility is medical ethics.

The philosophy program is large enough to offer a comprehensive program but small enough to provide extensive interaction between students and teacher. Upper division classes typically have between 7 and 15 students.  We have an active Philosophy Club which organizes discussions, debates, field trips and fun gatherings outside the classroom. Students and faculty jointly plan and participate in Club activities. The program awards two yearly scholarships for Philosophy and Religion students exhibiting excellence. 

Interested in learning more?

If you wish further information concerning APSU and the philosophy program, including campus visits or tours, you may contact the APSU Admissions Office.

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