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Philosophy & Religion

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Many of the greatest thinkers who have ever lived, from Socrates and Friedrich Nietzsche, to Mohandas Gandhi and Confucious, have shared some of their insights with the world, in the hopes of inspiring others to contemplate on the most significant issues that impact our lives.

Philosophy and religion majors at Elmira College learn how to grapple with questions about these issues as well as the basis of reality and the nature of knowledge. They also work with more concrete questions, such as those concerning the nature of just political arrangements, beautiful artworks, the role of religion in society, and the good life. In addition, students learn how to think critically about themselves as individuals and as members of a diverse society.

The major is built around a combination of philosophical and religious studies courses which serve as a foundation for more advanced studies and transdisciplinary work. Students begin with introductory courses in logic and ethics where they learn to think critically about culture, ethics, ideas, and morals. Students also take courses outlining the history of philosophy as well as their choice in courses on western religious perspectives, non-western religious communities, and global religious culture. Each of these courses serves as a piece of a broader foundation that majors in philosophy and religion can build their academic career upon.

Philosophy and religion graduates from Elmira College have used the skills they have acquired in critical thinking and argumentation to become successful lawyers, information specialists, and businesspeople.

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