About Philosophy & Religion

About the program.

Mission Statement

The primary mission of Philosophy & Religion at Florida A&M University is to provide students with educational experiences within a student-centered environment that prominent and foster self-directed life-long learners who, with the use of critical thinking, and effective communication skills, infuse theory into practice and acquire competence in the content and methodology of philosophy and religion within a culturally diverse context. The unit has the goal of preparing qualified students for advanced academic work in graduate and professional schools.

The program aims at enhancing critical thinking skills of undergraduate students through classes specifically engineered to provide these skills, including classes devoted to this subject (Critical Inquiry and Logic).

The program aims at improving academic progression, performance, and graduation rates within the domain of the program.

The program aims at producing diverse and culturally astute graduates for the global workforce by exposing students to diverse religious and philosophical views and providing them with the critical thinking, ethical and communication skills needed to function within both the global workforce and the human community.

The program aims at improving student retention and persistence.


Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy & Religion


About the Major

Religion classes include Introduction to: Jewish and Christian Scriptures; Religion, Race and Personality; Black Religion in America; Women in Religion, and many others. Courses integrate sociological method, critical social theory, and historical investigation into a comprehensive academic experience that is intellectually challenging and stimulating.

Philosophy classes include: Logic, Critical Thinking, Ethics, Aesthetics, Contemporary Black Social Philosophy, Ancient Philosophy, Modern Philosophy, and many others. By applying the philosophic method to historical and contemporary matters, the courses form a comprehensive academic experience that is both challenging and interesting.

The Philosophy and Religion unit has a demonstrated track record of equipping students with the academic skills necessary to thrive in competitive graduate programs as well as in the world outside of academics.

Why Major?

Why Major?

    * Flexibility in courses.
    * Better performance on standardized tests.
    * Excellent choice for pre-law students.
    * Improved critical thinking skills.
    * Excellent career opportunities.
    * Improved understanding of important ideas, concepts and theories.
    * Excellent, caring faculty.

Majoring in Philosophy or Religion (or both) is an excellent choice. Because students may select any thirty (30) credit hours in philosophy or religion classes as part of the major, the program provides a great deal of flexibility. Each semester, numerous classes are offered thus ensuring that students are able to smoothly progress to graduation.

Naturally most students are concerned with a very practical question: “What can I do with a degree in philosophy or religion?” The answer is “anything you want.” Many graduates of our program go on to graduate school and become professionals. For example, we count among our graduates Dr. Thomas Shelby, a professor in African-American Studies at Harvard University, and Dr. A. J. Richardson, a bishop with the African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Students who place an emphasis on philosophy learn the critical thinking and logical skills that are essential on standardized tests, such as the LSAT. Students emphasizing religion study the ways power, culture, and social forces have shaped religious meanings.

Students can also rest assured that they will be well prepared if they elect to go straight from the university and into a job. The reasoning skills developed in the major enable our students to compete quite effectively.

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