Our award-winning teachers offer personalized mentoring in our small classes, including introductory level courses. By offering intensive student-faculty collaborations and fostering a rich sense of community among our majors, philosophy and religious studies students are challenged and supported to grow in often-unanticipated ways.
Philosophy students learn to think. Philosophy students become precise readers, writers, and speakers who are able to accurately and creatively understand big questions concerning right and wrong, justice, freedom, beauty, knowledge, and truth. By evaluating historical and contemporary arguments, philosophy students are able to justify their conception of the world and humanity’s place in it with public reasons. We invite you to listen to what national commentator Rachel Maddow had to say about the value of philosophy when she visited the Ball State campus in December, 2011.
The academic study of religion addresses many dimensions and functions of religion in the world’s cultures. Among these are sacred scripture, symbols, beliefs, rituals and ethics. It also examines the dynamic relationship between religion and other social, economic, and political institutions. The academic study of religion fosters a critical understanding of religious traditions, issues, questions, and values. In addition, it cultivates awareness of religion’s influence within the world and promotes appreciation for the diversity of religious beliefs and practices.
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