Religion & Philosophy

Welcome to the Department of Religion & Philosophy at Lebanon Valley College. We offer a Religion major or minor and a Philosophy major or minor, with opportunities for specializations in Philosophy of Religion, Religion and Politics, Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Comparative Religion, and History of Philosophy.

Departmental Mission: The mission of the Religion and Philosophy department is to engage, educate, and challenge students through the careful examination of the fundamental questions, the profound minds, and the diverse traditions, values and practices that have shaped human experience. Our teaching aims to foster our students’ abilities to reason critically, read analytically, and argue cogently. We emphasize the importance of writing and oral expression and encourage independent thought and research so that our students may grow into life-long learners who understand the value of reflection and thoughtful action.

  • Committed and innovative teaching with several of our faculty members having won both college-wide and student organizational teaching awards and a commitment to small classes that emphasize critical thinking and discussion. Over three quarters of Religion and Philosophy course offerings have been rated “Excellent” in the most recent student evaluations.
  • Opportunities to double major with many of our students double majoring in diverse academic fields such as Business, Political Science, Chemistry, Physics, Sociology and Music.
  • Opportunities to study abroad by partnering with the LVC study abroad office and integrating short-term travel abroad opportunities into already existing Religion and Philosophy courses. Our students have traveled to England, France, Greece, Italy, Spain & New Zealand.
  • Undergraduate research by requiring all students to compile a research portfolio and to complete a senior thesis research project, by creating opportunities for students to travel to and present at academic conferences, by creating a forum for students to study and interact with leading philosophers and scholars of religion, and by establishing a new chapters of the national honor society Theta Alpha Kappa and the international honor society Phi Sigma Tau. In Spring 2013 two of our students won prizes for most outstanding papers at the North American Undergraduate Conference in Religion and Philosophy.
  • Professional development with opportunities for internships and over half of our recent graduates successfully placed in law schools, graduate schools, and seminaries.

If you are interested in becoming part of this exciting department, be sure to Contact Us — we would love to meet with you to discuss your future in the study of religion or philosophy.