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Department of Philosophy & Religion

Undergraduate Philosophy & Religion Programs

Learn more about the philosophy and religious studies programs at Rollins.


Courses in the history of philosophy introduce students to the ideas of great thinkers such as Plato, Aristotle, Descartes, Hume, Kant, and Nietzsche. Undergraduates learn by doing—by engaging in argumentative dialogue with these philosophers. Nonmajors acquire valuable skills of analysis and argumentation while learning to ask fundamental questions about identity, meaning, and value.

Thematic courses range from ethics and social philosophy to the mind-body problem. Advisors encourage students to acquire background in a special interest by taking courses in other disciplines. A philosopher of science, for example, needs to study biology, just as a student interested in aesthetics must learn about art, music, and literature.

Philosophy Major Courses | Degree Planner
Philosophy Minor Courses | Degree Planner

Religious Studies

Students who pursue religious studies at Rollins examine the history, beliefs, practices, and role of religion in creating and shaping the world’s cultures and societies. The department offers courses in Western and Eastern religions, courses in scriptures such as the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament, as well as more advanced and thematic courses such as Religion and Film, Women and Religion, and Buddhist Ethics.

The objectives of the major are to explore the history of world religions, to comprehend religious beliefs along with their philosophical and psychological underpinnings, to appreciate the varieties of religious experience, to consider the impact and meaning of religious pluralism in America, and to assess the role that religions have historically played in shaping society’s values.

Religious Studies Major Courses | Degree Planner
Religious Studies Minor Courses | Degree Planner