Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy and religion tackle some of the most profound questions of life – who are we, what do we know and how should we live? Earning the B.A. in philosophy and religion at UND opens up doors to a meaningful life of critical inquiry.
The degree in philosophy and religion from UND offers several different tracks, which allows you to individualize your study. You can choose from a philosophical emphasis, a pre-law emphasis and a religious studies emphasis. Areas of study may include:
- Environmental ethics
- Prophets and prophecy
- Philosophy of mind
- Symbolic logic
- Psychology of religion
Striving to provide an environment of inquiry, philosophy and religion uses discussion and active learning to help you get a comprehensive look at the “big” questions. Coursework will cover a broad range of areas across both disciplines, such as:
- History of philosophical thought
- Ancient, medieval and modern philosophies
- Pre-law studies
- Religious inquiry
- Tantric studies
With research opportunities, a bi-weekly radio show and an active nationally-recognized honor society, there is no shortage of extracurricular activities to boost your education in philosophy and religion. By participating in these and other independent study courses, you’ll have the opportunity to explore the questions and ideas that are important to you.
- Honor societies: You’ll have plenty of opportunities to celebrate academic achievement and socialize with fellow philosophy and religion majors by participating in the Phi Sigma Tau and Theta Alpha Kappa honor societies on campus.
- Gathering events: A regular colloquium series draws guest speakers from various philosophy and religion areas to campus. In addition, a popular film series highlights the religious aspects of philosophical and religious topics in cinema.
- Research: Departmental faculty regularly incorporate current research into classroom content and independent study (individualized teaching between faculty and students) is regularly completed by majors. Independent study courses (i.e. individualized teaching between faculty/students on a specific topic) are widely encouraged within the department.
The skills developed by the philosophy and religion degree are very valuable and adaptable across disciplines and careers. The ability to craft an argument, to think logically, to articulate clearly and to understand ethics all are important skills that apply to various careers. Students with degrees in philosophy and religion may find themselves in the following areas:
- Business and communications
- Education (professor/researcher/K-12)
- Social work
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Class of 2020
You’ll explore complex topics with this major. See how UND Philosophy and Religion Professor Jack Russell Weinstein discovered that the more diverse the population, the more complicated the theory of justice.