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

Minor

Course Catalog

Minor Requirements

Office Hours

Mon.–Fri., 8 a.m.–5 p.m.

Admissions and Aid

A degree from a private university like Dominican University of California is more accessible than you might think. For most students there is no application fee and we don't ask for test scores. We're also proud to say that more than 99 percent of our first-year incoming students receive financial aid, which makes paying for school within reach.

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Faculty and Staff

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Chase Clow, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Christian Dean, PhD

Professor of Political Science & Humanities Debate Coach
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George Faithful, PhD

Assistant Professor of Religion and Philosophy
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Jennifer Lucko, PhD

Program Director, Master of Science in Education
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Gay Lynch, PhD

Assistant Professor, Humanities
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Harlan Stelmach, PhD

Professor, Humanities
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Laura Stivers, PhD

Dean, School of Liberal Arts and Education
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Cynthia Taylor, PhD

Assistant Professor
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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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Natalie Babler

Administrative Manager
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Campus Ministry

Campus Ministry 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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