Philosophy & Religion Major
The department of philosophy educates students to recognize and think in an informed and reflective way about the perennially important issues of life—morality, what is truth, the nature of reality, how we know the world, beauty and art, faith and reason, evil and suffering, justice and society.
Our Philosophy and Religion major combines courses and mentoring in both disciplines for students called to explore the greatest questions humans face.
Objectives & Goals
Samford Philosophy and Religion students are educated to learn to live with ambiguity about important issues such as God and evil, self-evident truth claims, and the nature of morality, even as they seek to gain greater intellectual clarity about these kinds of issues. They do not easily accept facile and untested answers about important concerns and, furthermore, endeavor to tailor carefully their choice of words and reasoning. They learn to formulate opinions by engaging the best representatives (Plato, Aristotle, St. Augustine, Kant, Kierkegaard, and Wittgenstein) in the history of philosophy.
Is This Program for Me?
Samford Philosophy and Religion graduates are informed and critical thinkers about the perennially and fundamentally important intellectual, ethical, religious and social issues.
What Makes Us Different?
Samford’s philosophy department, through its courses and teaching, contributes to the Christian intellectual tradition and to the constructive development of the student’s moral outlooks toward others, society, and the earth. Because of these orientations, the department represents an important and central aspect of Samford University’s distinctively Christian mission and goals.
For the students who want to become academicians and teach philosophy or religion, our Philosophy and Religion major is the first step toward earning a doctor of philosophy. It also one of the best majors for preparing students for law school, ministerial training, and (due to the minor in medical ethics) the health sciences.
Because of the development of intellectual reflection and of critical reasoning and writing skills, the major also equips students to work well as managers, editors and general leaders.
Because of our logical rigor and wide reading of salient and culturally important texts and intellectual movements, our students are uniquely prepared for professional training in the academy, ministry, law and medicine.
Philosophy and Religion majors become teachers, lawyers, ministers, doctors, business people and writers. Students can pursue teaching, law, ministry, publishing, and the healthcare professions.