Philosophy and Religious Studies at Washburn

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"In unphilosophical minds any rare or unexpected thing excites wonder, while in philosophical minds the familiar excites wonder also." -George Santayana

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies offers courses that help you develop your skills in logic, critical thought, and intercultural understanding.

  • Our philosophy graduates have become lawyers, bankers, ministers, priests, college teachers, optometrists and physicians. Some own and manage businesses.
  • Our religious studies graduates go on to a wide variety of post-graduate opportunities: entry-level jobs in the business, non-profit, or public service sectors, graduate school in religious studies or other humanistic disciplines, law schools, library science, and social work.
  • Philosophy and religious studies provide an excellent foundation for success in a variety of academic and professional fields and also help students come to a better understanding of themselves and of their world.
  •  On the 2013-2016 GRE exams, philosophy majors had the highest average scores out of all surveyed majors in the Verbal Reasoning and Analytical Writing categories. Religion and theology majors had the second highest average scores in both of these categories.

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Thomas L. King Lecture in Religious Studies

The Thomas L. King Lecture in Religious Studies was established in 1982 by a gift from the First Congregational Church in Topeka from funds donated in memory of Thomas L. King, an alumnus and benefactor of Washburn.  The series enriches the Religious Studies program at Washburn by providing a forum for students, faculty, and persons from the greater Topeka community to become familiar with the work of leading scholars in the field.

Save the date for the 2023 lecture: March 2, 2023, presented by Dr. Robyn Faith Walsh.

Russell Jacobs Lecture in Philosophy

The Russell Jacobs Lecture in Philosophy was established in 2019 by a gift from Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and former department chairman, Russell Jacobs. The series aims to bring outstanding philosophers and discussion of their work to Washburn University each fall.

Join us at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2023, to hear Dr. Clare Palmer present "Environmental Ethics in a Changing Climate." A reception will follow.

GET IN TOUCH WITH Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Philosophy and Religious Studies Department
Morgan Hall, Room 206
1700 SW College Ave.
Topeka, KS 66621

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