Philosophy & Religious Studies

Religious Studies

What is Religious Studies?

Religious Studies courses examine the nature and function of religious beliefs and practices in the development of human self-understanding and in the conduct of human affairs.  The curriculum presupposes that the study of religion involves a great variety of subjects that can be explored from the perspective of several different disciplines and in terms of multiple methodologies.  Courses in the curriculum acquaint students with a rich diversity of scholarship on religion and with critical methods employed in the interpretation of religious phenomena.  Students of all backgrounds and fields of study should find courses in religion helpful for understanding how religious ideas and ideals have shaped the way people live and think.

Religious Studies at Washburn

The Philosophy Department at Washburn prides itself on the quality of its Religious Studies program and the success of its graduates, many of whom have continued their education in graduate schools of religion and in seminaries of various denominations.  Our religious studies curriculum also provides an excellent foundation for a wide variety of academic and professional fields, and it is particularly helpful to students who simply want to come to a better understanding of their world and their place in it.

At Washburn, courses in the Religious Studies program are typically taught by professors who hold the Ph.D. and who have many years of teaching experience.  Individual classes are relatively small. Junior-senior religion courses seldom have more than 15 students.  Students therefore have the opportunity for substantial class participation and individual attention from full-time professionals.

If you are interested in pursuing a challenging undergraduate program in Religious Studies, we invite you to visit the religious studies advisor in the Philosophy Department at Washburn and discussion your plans.