Minor In Philosophy & Religion

Religion is a collection of ideas, practices, and systems that are organized and shared. It is most common for these ideas to refer to a belief and worship of an external controlling force, such as a god or supernatural entity. Philosophy (from Greek, meaning "love of wisdom"), in its simplest definition, is the study of existence, reason, knowledge, values, and the mind.

About This Program

The minor in Philosophy and Religion is designed to accommodate students who want to concentrate in either philosophy or religion.

The program is designed to engage the student in an examination of the chief rival philosophical and religious approaches to life (including their historical, cultural, social, and practical imports); to develop within the student an enlarged capacity for logical, reflective, and coherent reasoning; and to encourage the student to work out a conceptual framework for their life commitment.

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A minor may be earned in Philosophy and Religion with the completion of eighteen (18) semester hours.

Courses should be chosen in consultation with the program faculty.

Total Credit Hours for Degree: 18 hrs

Academic Course Curriculum

Why Minor Philosophy & Religion?

Ultimately the decision to minor in philosophy and religion depends on individual interests, career goals, and the desire to explore and expand one’s horizons beyond the primary field of study.

Well-Roundedness: Adding a minor in philosophy and religion to a major in another field can provide a well-rounded education that is valuable in both personal development and employment.

Critical Thinking: A minor in philosophy and religion provides training in critical thinking skills that are useful in every area of life and desired by employers.

Career Opportunities: Like the philosophy and religion majors, the minor opens opportunities in careers by providing skills sought by employers.

Open-Mindedness & Understanding: Minoring in philosophy and religion enhances both open-mindedness and understanding of philosophical and religious world views that define the reality of humans.

Interest: Many people have an interest in the ideas of philosophy and religion and want to explore it further, even if it is not their major focus. A minor in philosophy and religion allows them to pursue this interest.




Example career paths with a Philosophy & Religion minor include combining with a major in...






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Pre-Med, offers the development of critical thinking skills essential to medicine as well as the exploration of values useful in the practice.

Pre-Law, in addition to the fact that those who study philosophy and religion excel at the LSAT, skills in logic are essential to those in the legal profession.

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Business, offers graduates essential critical thinking skills as well as exposure to ethical theory.

Physics, offers graduates additional training in logic as well exposure to theories of knowledge and metaphysics. 



Minor in Philosophy & Religion Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Qs)

Q: What can I do with a minor in philosophy and religion?
A: Almost anything. The skills developed in the minor are broadly applicable to a range of careers including serving as the foundation for graduate and professional programs.

Q: What benefits do the study of philosophy and religion provide?
A: Many. These include intellectual skills such as critical thinking and logic, the development of open-mindedness and an enhanced perspective. In addition to the value of these benefits in philosophy and religion, they are also traits employers seek.

Q: Will minoring in philosophy and religion affect my major studies?
A: Minoring in philosophy and religion usually complements rather than detracts from your major studies. But it is important to practice good time management to meet the requirements of both your major and minor.


Program Faculty

Name Email Phone
Dr. Michael LaBossiere michael.labossiere@famu.edu (850) 561-2839
Dr. Allezo N. Owens


(850) 412-5560
Dr. Rafiqur Rahman


(850) 412-5558
Dr. Matthew C. Taylor


(850) 599-3831