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Philosophy and Religion

The study of Philosophy and Religion offers students the opportunity to investigate the ultimate questions about life, reality, truth, and value in a systematic way. All students deal with these questions in some manner in the Core Curriculum as part of the religious identity of the College. For students interested in pursuing these issues in a more systematic and developed way, the department offers a major in Philosophy with a concentration in Religion.



BA in Philosophy and Religion (4 year)

Why Philosophy and Religion

  • 1Studying Philosophy and Religion opens numerous doors. For example, many students go to law school, pursue graduate studies, enter professional ministries, or use their undergraduate degrees as preparation for business work, where writing and thinking skills are clearly essential.
  • 2 Both Philosophy and Religion are important aspects of the human experience. They have shaped the world’s history, literature, art, culture, politics, ethics, and economics.
  • 3 Religion and Philosophy work hand in hand. The study of Religion and Philosophy allows the student to pursue life’s ultimate questions. As a result, Philosophy and Religion majors are able to examine why the world is the way it is and why the world was the way it was.

Careers in Philosophy and Religion

  • Editor
  • Publisher
  • Lawyer
  • Manager
  • Writer

Alumni Graduate Schools

  • Purdue University
  • Harvard University
  • Loyola University
  • St. Louis University
  • New York University

Why Study Philosophy and Religion at Saint Joseph’s College?


Our Philosophy and Religion major focuses on the discovery and nurturing of reason and analytical thought and investigates fundamental values and truth. The Philosophy and Religion major allows students to focus on primarily philosophical skill and idea, which is complemented by religious studies in both the Christian and non-Christian traditions. The major, which is coupled with the Core Program, creates well-rounded graduates who are prepared to study Philosophy or other disciplines in graduate school or pursue a variety of career options.

Similar Studies:

Philosophy - minor that offers students the opportunity to investigate the ultimate questions about life, reality, truth, and value in a systematic way. Psychology and Political Science majors often minor in Philosophy.  

Where Philosophy and Religion Meets Core

A major in Philosophy and Religion is an excellent complement to SJC’s Core Program. Both Core and our Philosophy and Religion major are designed to teach students to investigate some of life’s ultimate questions in a logical, systematic way. As a result, our Philosophy and Religion students become skilled analyzers and critical thinkers.

Dedication to Excellence

Because students are introduced to the basic aspects of Philosophy and Religion in the Core Program, Philosophy and Religion majors can begin their studies with more complex ideas. Majoring in Philosophy and Religion can also serve as great preparation for law school. In order to prepare our students for their future endeavors, SJC offers classes such as Introductory Logic. The class teaches students the values and skills of valid reasoning through logic and is an excellent foundation for the Law School Admission Test (LSAT).

Faculty and Class Size

Our Department of Philosophy and Religion consists of professors and clergy who hold doctoral degrees in their fields of expertise. In classes ranging between 7 and 10 students, our Philosophy and Religion faculty members can tailor classes to meet students’ needs and give their students the personal attention they deserve.

Explore the Core
  • SJC Education Students in the field

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Like Elementary Education major Brittany Cooper ’12, you start your major as soon as you walk in the door, so you will have four years of knowledge and experience in your field.You can even change your mind about your major and still graduate on time with lots of experience.

    Core and the major work in harmony to develop the cognitive skills requisite for success in a competitive, global society. Students better understand the forces that shape the future by exploring the past. They discuss contemporary events; analyze the impact of science on our understanding of humanity and the universe; and investigate diverse cultures and world civilizations. 

  • Professor Fred and Sally Berger at Graduation


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors, such as Communication Professors Fred and Sally Berger, do more for you—they serve as mentors. Studies show that having a mentor leads to success in your field. Alumni often tell us how their professors not only played a major role in their success, but also became lifelong friends.  If you are undecided about what to major in, we help you decide.

  • High Quality Academics

    In the Core Program, you will be inspired to debate, analyze, and solve problems. Discussion of culture and society, the modern world, and Christian Humanism are just a few highlights of the Program. New perspectives will be gained, your worldview will expand, and you will graduate from SJC as a well rounded, highly marketable person.

  • Visiting Chinese Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life. LaMichelle Sanders ’14, for example, has spent two summers helping Chinese study abroad students adapt to life in the U.S. and at SJC. If you want to start a club or activity that doesn’t exist, we encourage you to start one. At SJC, prepare yourself for what you want to do in life.

  • Hoop House student workers

    Real-life Skills

    Because of the skills you develop by having the Core Program interact with your major for four years in addition to internships, job shadowing, and service learning, you get hands-on experience in preparation for your career or graduate school. Students Hanna Kane ’14, Emily Baird ’15, and Alyssa Guarnaccia ’14 collect food in the SJC hoophouse to be distributed on campus. You will also get four years of analytical, writing, and speaking skills that will serve you well for the rest of your life.

  • Images of Students

    Start Your Major Freshman Year

    Get a jump start on your career and have your resume ready to go at graduation.  

  • Images of Students


    Small colleges offer you personal attention; SJC professors do more for you—they serve as mentors.

  • Images of Students

    High Quality Academics

    The Core Program is all about you and your role in the world.


  • Images of Students


    You get more deeply involved at SJC, so you get more meaningful experiences that prepare you for career and life.

  • Images of Students

    Real-life Skills

    Get real-life experience and become an excellent communicator.