What is truth? How do I know my life is meaningful? What is a good life? In our department, students and faculty have a wide range of backgrounds and interests, but we share a persistent curiosity about these and the other "big questions" that lie at the heart of the human experience.
The study of philosophy and religion at Queens University of Charlotte engages students in a rich, comprehensive and critical investigation of religious and philosophical perspectives. The major is especially strong in strengthening the critical-thinking and communication abilities of our students. A broad inquiry into patterns of thought and lives helps cultivate a depth of thought that is invaluable for a wide variety of graduate studies and careers. Queens offers a study of philosophy and religion that is both broad and deep, with classes studying thought and practice from a global perspective.
We offer two majors: one in philosophy and one in religion. Students may also pursue five minors: pre-ministry (a pre-professional program that offers the possibility of an intensive internship), ethics, peace studies and conflict resolution, philosophy, and religion.
A sample of courses includes World Religions, Philosophy Through Film, Hinduism, Contemporary Philosophy, New Testament, Heroes & Warrior Women, Religion and Non-Violence, and many more.
The programs in philosophy and religion are closely linked to the Center for Ethics and Religion. Students may attend the Center's programs with nationally and internationally known speakers, including Dr. Francis Collins, past director of the Human Genome Project and author of The Language of God; Dr. Cornel West, philosopher, author, professor of African-American studies and frequent speaker in the media; Dr. Patricia Churchland, professor and author who argues that ethics can be traced back to factors such as oxytocin, the bonding hormone; and Krista Tippett, author of Einstein's God and host of American Public Radio's "On Being."
The philosophy major emphasizes an approach to thinking and understanding through both the imagination and logic. We offer topics such as environmental philosophy, Chinese philosophy, the philosophy of religion, and a historical understanding of thought from the classical Greeks to today. Close attention is given to critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving.
The religion major emphasizes a critical and sympathetic study of the practices and doctrines of the world's great religions. In keeping with Queens' Presbyterian tradition, we recognize the importance of "thinking the faith." Through careful study of traditions, scripture, ethics, and culture, students grow in their capacity for critical thinking, as well as their ability to communicate effectively...
Using Your Degree
Graduates of our department have enjoyed tremendous success in a wide range of professional paths. Some of our graduates go on to study law, philosophy or divinity at schools including Harvard, Wake Forest, University of Virginia, University of Texas, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Others graduates go directly to the world of work and find career paths in business, health care, churches, non-profits, government, and education. Our graduates include attorneys, business executives, ministers, and teachers.