Philosophy & Religion Studies

Philosophy & Religion Studies

About Philosophy & Religion Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies is located on the 3rd floor of Bunce Hall. (856-256-4075)

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The Department provides a 30 s.h. major in Philosophy and Religion Studies, a minor in Philosophy, a minor in Philosophy and Religion Studies, a minor in Ethics, and 12 s.h. Certificates of Undergraduate Study (CUGS) in Philosophy, Religion Studies, Asian Philosophy and Religion, and Ethics. 

Philosophy and Religion Studies majors excel on all the graduate school admissions tests: GRE, LSAT, GMAT, and MCAT.  Our major is especially well suited for those interested in law, government, public policy, publishing, journalism, business management, advertising, environmental advocacy, science policy, health care management, and social work. 

Our alumni are currently working in law, educational leadership, Homeland Security, university teaching, business management, public policy, university administration, and many other fields.  

We are leaders in Ethics, Philosophy of Science, and Interreligious Dialogue.  We offer courses in Biomedical Ethics, Philosophy and Gender, Social and Political Philosophy, Buddhism, Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics, Religion in America, Philosophy of Mind and many other interesting courses.  

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Stay connected to Philosophy and Religion Studies


This semester’s next Theorizing at Rowan event will take place Wednesday November 14, at 5 pm in Business Hall 301.  

Olufemi O. Taiwo (Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Georgetown University) will present a lecture entitled “Reconsidering Reparations”.

Prof. Taiwo has provided the following description of his talk: “Much of the discussion of reparations in the philosophical literature has centered on the case of reparations for the harms of the trans-Atlantic slave trade, often specifically with respect to Black people in the United States.  But the positions developed by philosophers have largely ignored potential contributions of the reasons and perspectives offered by activists and other political actors to the discussion.  This paper aims to demonstrate the potential fruits of such engagement by pointing to a distinctive philosophical view made available by their work and rooted in distributive justice, rather than symbolic repair or restitution for harm as typically understood.”

On The Couch! Nathan Bauer talks about the Philosophy Club

Philosophy and Religion Studies Annual Newsletter

The Compass - Fall 2015 CHSS Newsletter

Here is a link to an interfaith calendar if you are interested in learning more about holidays in different religions. Everyone is Welcome!

Here is a link to an article and video about Rowan's new, 2018 Interfaith Center.

Well-Known American Judaism Expert Dianne Ashton is Longtime Rowan Professor

Why Philosophy and Religion Studies is good for STEM majors

2014 CHSS Annual Report (Featuring the Ramsey Brothers & Dianne Ashton's Scholarship)

Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates

Newsweek: Religion Studies Revival

Faculty Publications

Dr. Matthew Lund, N.R. Hanson: Observation, Discovery, and Scientific Change, Humanity Books (Prometheus), January 2010

Dr. David Clowney and Dr. Patricia Mosto, Earthcare: An Anthology in Environmental Ethics, (Rowman & Littlefield), November 2009

Dr. Ellen Miller, Releasing Philosophy, Thinking Art: A Phenomenological Study of Sylvia Plath's Poetry, Davies Group Publishers, March 2009

cover of Dianne's book

Hannukkah in America by Dr. Dianne Ashton, NYU Press, 2013

Dr. Youru Wang, editor,Deconstruction and the Ethical in Asian Thought, Routledge, 2007

Dr. Youru Wang, Linguistic Strategies in Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism: the Other Way of Speaking, Routledge, 2003.

chan buddhism

Dr. Youru Wang's new book on Chan Buddhism is arriving soon!