Philosophy & Religious Studies
Life’s big questions. Explored.
The two regular majors/concentrations, three combined majors, and Ethics minor offered in Butler’s Philosophy and Religion department will develop your understanding by immersion in the humanities and ideas that have shaken up the planet.
Sharpening your reasoning skills.
Our undergraduate degrees in Philosophy and Religion, as well as our minor in Ethics, ensures that you’ll graduate with a more profound picture of the world and your place in it. This program will acquaint you with some of the main figures and fields of western philosophy. At the same time, students will have the opportunity to better understand not only their own religion, agnosticism, or atheism, but also other world religions and cultures. Through the study of philosophical problems and using diverse methodological approaches and tools, you’ll strengthen your ability to think logically, critically, and ethically and learn how to accurately express complex new notions about our minds, morals, methodology, and more in both speech and writing.
PLEASE NOTE: Information regarding the Classics program is located at the History, Anthropology & Classics website.
Learn from Leaders
In Butler’s urban setting, Religion majors can meet and learn from practitioners of many world religions—Hinduism, Buddhism, Islam, Judaism, and Christianity—opening them to the rich diversity in belief and non-belief.
Endowed travel funds allows Religion and Classics students to explore graduate school and participate in off-campus academic conferences, research, and service-learning across the United States and in such countries as India, Israel, and Palestine.
Muslim Studies Endowment
The Endowment creates new opportunities for all of the University’s students and faculty to further their understanding of Islam as a living tradition, as well as the many people and cultures who have and continue to be shaped by it.
Philosophy Is For You
There’s no one type of person who is attracted to philosophy, and we welcome a diversity of points of view. The only requirement for studying philosophy is a genuine desire to think.