Philosophy and Religious Studies

Big Questions

Develop your own theories and find answers to life's toughest questions

The Department of Philosophy and Religion invites and provokes students to examine themselves and the world in more comprehensive ways, as well as to look at the most fundamental aspects of human reasoning and discourse. The department also continues the College's heritage of examining the religious dimensions of human existence in a non-sectarian manner as essential to a liberal arts education.

WHY STUDY PHILOSOPHY and Religion AT THE COLLEGE OF IDAHO?

The department offers a major and a minor both in philosophy and in religion. Majors or minors in philosophy or religion serve as excellent complements to other disciplines in the College’s PEAK curriculum. Recent graduates have combined either philosophy or religion with fields as diverse as biology, history, music, chemistry, English and political science. Our faculty encourages such creative combinations, and internships in religion or philosophy often are cross-disciplinary with another field.

C of I philosophy majors can emphasize areas such as ethics and the analytic tradition. Independent studies can be arranged for in-depth exploration of special topics of interest. The religion curriculum offers specialties in comparative approaches to religious traditions, ethics, and issues in science and the environment. Regardless of the emphasis chosen by the student, the department affirms the wisdom of the maxim that "Those who know only one religious tradition know none."

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGION MAJORS

A major in philosophy provides excellent preparation for graduate work in law, ethics, religion, philosophy and other fields in which reasoning and argumentation skills or ability to work at a high level of abstraction are important. Likewise a major in religion is beneficial for these areas in addition to ministry, social work, medicine, education, or other careers. By pairing study of philosophy or religion with another discipline, the College’s PEAK curriculum opens a wide range of career and graduate school opportunities to our students.