The Department of Philosophy and Religion at UCA offers Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in philosophy and religious studies. Owing to the close intellectual connections between the two programs, many students who begin their undergraduate work in one program decide to major or minor in the other.
The department faculty is both large and diverse in its interests, ranging from the classical areas of study in philosophy and religion to issues in artificial intelligence, postmodernism, feminism, as well as Christian, Buddhist, Islamic and Judaic philosophical and religious thought. Students repeatedly report that what they like most about the program is the accessibility of the faculty and fellow students for advising, discussion and debate. The department hosts a philosophy and religion club (PhiRe), film and lecture series and Facebook page. The philosophy program maintains a chapter of Phi Sigma Tau, the national honors society for undergraduates in philosophy.
Many of our graduates enter law school and many have been accepted at top graduate schools around the nation and beyond. Almost all report back that their studies in philosophy and/or religion offered a high point and a transformatory experience in their personal lives and their later academic and professional pursuits. For information on the earning power and career opportunities provided by our degrees see the article “I Think, Therefore I Earn” from The Guardian, the graphics at Daily Nous, the website What Can I Do With This Major? for Philosophy Majors and Religious Studies Majors, and this article from the website BestColleges.com,as well as this page from the website of the American Philosophical Association. And be sure to note Secretary of State John Kerry’s statement on the importance of religious studies in today’s world when he says that “In fact, if I went back to college today, I think I would probably major in comparative religion, because that’s how integrated it is in everything that we are working on and deciding and thinking about in life today.” For further information on studying religion, see aarweb.org.
Please contact me by email phone or a visit if you have further questions about the program.
Dr. Charles W. Harvey, Chair
Department of Philosophy & Religion
University of Central Arkansas
Conway, AR 72035
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