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Interested in Majoring or Minoring in Philosophy & Religious Studies?

Connect with our Student Ambassadors to get the inside scoop about what it's like to focus your degree in Philosophy & Religious Studies here at Old Dominion University. Contact Professor Kouri Kissel to get in touch with a student ambassador. They're happy to answer any questions you may have about our program.

Current Student Ambassadors

The Philosophy & Religious Studies Student Ambassadors facilitate various community-building projects and help recruit new students to the program by being available to answer questions from prospective students. You can catch them at campus events such as Scholars Day, Major Fair, Admitted Students Day, and other organized informational sessions.

Abraham Scofield

Double Major in Philosophy & Political Science

Hi! I’m a Senior here at ODU and also a member of the Perry Honors College. After taking Intro to Philosophy my first semester here, I was hooked! The course piqued my interest like no other had before. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions. Outside of my studies, I enjoy going on hikes, listening to music, and traveling.

Helena Edge

Double Major in English & Philosophy

Hello! I became involved with Religious Studies because I loved learning about different cultures and their ideals. My favorite topic is Buddhism. Currently, I'm a member of Perry Honors Collee and Vice President of the ODU Creative Writing Club. Shoot me an email if you'd like to connect!

Briana Caldwell

Double Major in Speech Pathology & Philosophy with a Religious Concentration & minor in Jewish Studies

Hey! I’m a member of the Phi Sigma Tau Philosophy Honor Society and love studying both religion and ancient languages. Currently, my focus is on middle eastern religion and practices. Happy to answer any questions you might have about the program. In my free time, I enjoy reading poetry, getting lost in song, and photography.

Contact Professor Kouri Kissel to get in touch with a student ambassador.

Philosophy & Religious Studies FAQs

What courses are required for each concentration?

  • The general concentration takes the five core classes, logic, and any other (5) classes.
  • The political and law concentration takes (5) core classes, logic, (2) classes from the political core, (2) from the political electives, and (1) philosophy elective.
  • The religion concentration takes (5) core courses, (1) Islan course, (1) Judaism and Christianity course, (1) Asian religion course, and (3) electives.

Why should I be a philosophy major if I want to do religious studies?

Since both philosophy and religion can be viewed as overlapping social constructs that influence one another, it is best to study them together. Spiritual beliefs can affect moral beliefs and vice versa. These two areas of study influence how individuals perceive themselves and the world around them.

What can I do as a career if I major in philosophy?

A philosophy degree is a great choice for those interested in pursuing a career in academia or law. You could also teach at a university. Or, with a concentration in religious studies, you could attend Seminary and learn how to offer religious guidance.

Why choose to be both a speech pathology major and a philosophy major?

Speech Pathology may be classified as clinical linguistics, but it's still a study (diagnosing, analyzing, etc.) of language. Some students that love learning about ancient cultures and the languages tied to them, have bridged the gap between linguist studies which focus on the semantics of ancient languages and texts, and sociolinguistics.

What sparked your interest in religion specifically?

There is beauty in understanding the culture in which religion is born. And it's important to study the content of various ancient holy texts so we can better translate their meaning into today's day and age. What's most intriguing is how religious texts uniquely explain the "how's and why's" of the world.

What do I need for a Philosophy minor?

Any (4) philosophy courses at the 300 or 400 level.

What do I need for a Religious Studies minor?

Any (4) Religion Studies classes at the 300 or 400 level.