Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

Is it possible to do something that is truly good? What would make that action good? Your intentions or the results? Explore the multicultural roots of many of life’s fundamental questions and how the answers are applied to diverse contemporary issues.

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Engage in discussions and research on the history and development of philosophical and religious points of view. Discover the teachings of the world’s most recognized philosophers and religious leaders. The department offers a major and minor in both philosophy and in religious studies.

With a strong commitment to the history of Western philosophy, the philosophy program embraces philosophical traditions of other cultures; the ethical, social, and political dimensions of life; and the various disciplines and schools within philosophy. The program has been at the forefront of transforming  traditional philosophy curriculum by offering courses in both non-Western and feminist philosophy long before many colleges and universities embraced the importance of diversity.

As once-foreign religions become part of the American culture, it is critical to understand the beliefs and values that now shape our citizenry. Inseparable from the study of the societies in which religions thrive, courses in religious studies cover a wide range of cultures and beliefs prepare you for life in an increasingly global world culture.

Recognized Faculty

Faculty members are recognized in their respective fields and have garnered recent awards, including the 2014 Rogers Prize for the best paper published in the British Journal for the History of Philosophy and a 2014 Best Paper by a Junior Scholar award at the Diverse Lineages of Existentialism Conference. A number of faculty members in the religious studies program are affiliated with the Baltimore Hebrew Institute, located in the College of Liberal Arts.

Student-run Forums

Towson’s Philosophy Forum and World Religions Roundtable are student-run, SGA-supported groups that promote discussion of various philosophical and religious issues. The forums meet weekly and are open to all students. 

Student Philosophy Journal

The Journal of Philosophical Ideas, Towson’s undergraduate philosophy journal, features student works. Students can contact the department for more info about the journal.