Message from the Chair
This website will introduce you to the program and faculty of our department. Students can choose to concentrate in either Philosophy or Religious Studies, and in those concentrations can take a wide range of courses. We have an active faculty committed to undergraduate teaching, professional research, and service to the university and community. Please take a few moments to browse through the website and see what we are about. In addition to information on upcoming courses, you will find information for students on the major and minor, scholarships, the PAR student society, and events and programs related to the department. Please contact us if you have any questions.
George Themelis Zervos Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chairman, (910) 962-7383; firstname.lastname@example.org
|Contacting Philosophy and Religion|
|Email: email@example.com (Professor George Zervos, chair of department)|
|Telephone: (910) 962-3406|
|Fax: (910) 962-7070|
|Office: Bear Hall 269|
Department of Philosophy and Religion
The Philosophy and Religion Department at UNCW brings together two disciplines -- philosophy and religious studies -- and encourages interdisciplinary and creative approaches to teaching and research.
The academic discipline of Philosophy provides its students with tools for making the implicit explicit, for comparing and evaluating theories, for raising awareness by endlessly asking 'why' -- even (and perhaps especially) when such a question is one likely to be ignored. Courses in philosophy introduce students to the philosophical tradition and develop their skills of critical thinking and expression. In our examination of the history of philosophy, attention is given to ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, logic, aesthetics, bioethics, philosophy of science, and social and political philosophy -- with emphasis on their possible application.
Religious Studies -- the academic study of religion -- examines the religions of the world, their histories, symbols, structures, beliefs, and the contexts in which they arose and in which they flowered. It examines religions not only by way of historical and philosophical approaches, but from literary, social, and phenomenological perspectives as well. Religious studies seeks an empathetic understanding of religious phenomena, pursuing this goal through the development of critical thinking and expression, familiarity with interpretive methodologies, and awareness of the diversity of religious traditions in our world.
The Philosophy and Religion department offers a number of undergraduate courses fundamental to the UNCW University Studies curriculum. These courses expose students not only to important areas of the humanities; they also strengthen their ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms. Regular offerings of upper level courses along with advanced topical seminars provide departmental majors with a rich, diverse, and up-to-date curriculum with which to complete their undergraduate studies.