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Department of Visual Arts, Humanities and Theatre
515 Orr Drive
208 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, Florida 32307

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy & Religion
Florida A&M University
203 Tucker Hall
Tallahassee, FL 32307

Unit Facilitator: Dr. Michael C. LaBossiere

About the Major

Religion classes include Introductions to Jewish and Christian scriptures; Religion, Race and Personality; Black Religion in America; Women in Religion; and many others. Courses integrate sociological method, critical social theory, and historical investigation into a comprehensive academic experience that is intellectually challenging and stimulating.

Philosophy classes include Logic, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Aesthetics, Contemporary Black Social Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy and many others. By applying the philosophic method to historical and contemporary matters, the courses form a comprehensive academic experience that is both challenging and interesting.

The Philosophy and Religion unit has a demonstrated track record of equipping students with the academic skills necessary to thrive in competitive graduate programs as well as in the world outside of academics.

Why Major?

    * Flexibility in courses.
    * Better performance on standardized tests.
    * Excellent choice for pre-law students.
    * Improved critical thinking skills.
    * Excellent career opportunities.
    * Improved understanding of important ideas, concepts and theories.
    * Excellent, caring faculty.

Majoring in Philosophy or Religion (or both) is an excellent choice. Because students may select any thirty credit hours in philosophy or religion classes as part of the major, the program provides a great deal of flexibility. Each semester numerous classes are offered thus ensuring that students are able to smoothly progress to graduation.

Naturally most students are concerned with a very practical question: “What can I do with a degree in philosophy or religion?” The answer is “anything you want.” Common careers include going on to graduate school and becoming professionals. For example, we count among our recent graduates Thomas Shelby, a professor in African American Studies at Harvard University, and A. J. Richardson, a Bishop with the AME Church.

Students who place an emphasis on philosophy learn the critical thinking and logical skills that are essential on standardized tests, such as the LSAT. Students emphasizing religion study the ways power, culture, and social forces have shaped religious meanings.

Students can also rest assured that they will be well prepared if they elect to go straight from the university and into a job. The reasoning skills developed in the major enable our students to compete quite effectively.