Philosophy and/or Religion

In the Philosophy and/or Religion minor, you’ll analyze the enduring questions of philosophy and/or the world’s religions to hone your critical thinking skills and deepen your engagement with our complex world.

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Program Highlights

This minor combines the study of two of the oldest and most enduring areas of inquiry into the meaning and purpose of humankind: philosophy and religion.

Regardless of the particular path of study, all students will engage in a thoughtful investigation of diverse responses to humanity’s enduring questions about self and the world.

The critical study of religion and philosophy strengthens skills that are as important for earning a living as they are for leading a purposeful life:

  • Reasoning
  • Analysis, and interpretation
  • Heightening the individual’s capacity for self-knowledge
  • Effective engagement with our complex world, and vision.

Career Paths

The skills gained in religious or philosophical studies include critical thinking, concise writing and cultural awareness, which are highly marketable to a variety of professions, including working in academia and the public sector. 

Degrees Offered


Course Catalog

Minor Requirements

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a top-ranked, private University like Dominican is deliberately affordable and accessible! More than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive significant financial aid through merit- and need-based scholarships as well as state and federal aid. Additionally, for most students, there is no application fee, and we don't ask for test scores. Get in touch with a counselor to learn more about your path to an exceptional college experience at Dominican!

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Faculty and Staff

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George Faithful, PhD

Associate Professor of Religion and Philosophy
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Gay Lynch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Laura Stivers, PhD

Professor, Philosophy, Religion, Social Justice Co-Chair Division of Public Affairs
Cynthia Taylor

Cynthia Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor of History
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Julia van der Ryn, MA

Executive Director, Center for Community Engagement Assistant Professor, Philosophy and Social Justice
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Matthew E. Davis

Adjunct Professor
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Lindsey Dean

Adjunct Professor
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Emily Wu

Adjunct Professor
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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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Spiritual and Religious Life

MOSAIC of SRL helps individuals develop and strengthen their spiritual lives. Our work is built on the Dominican ideals of study, reflection, community and service.

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