Marymount Manhattan

Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

 Philosophy & Religious


Get involved with Philosophy and Religious Studies at MMC and study what really matters. Open up the worlds of philosophy and religion; explore deep questions and complex realities. And along the way, learn skills that are applicable in college and well beyond.

Students and scholars of philosophy and religious studies are not satisfied with easy answers, or easy questions for that matter.

Our program

In the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies, we read and confront challenging texts, from Socrates to Kant, Augustine to the Bhagavad-Gita. We look for the common concerns at the heart of the human experience and discuss how great thinkers and movements throughout world history have addressed them.

We learn to resist reductive thinking and engage in respectful debate, to write critical analyses and ask questions of our own.

All program majors complete a set of core requirements and concentrate in either Philosophy or Religious Studies. We also offer minors in both.

Putting ideas to practice

Every year, the department hosts an Undergraduate Conference that highlights student work and sponsors an annual essay contest. And you can join the Philosophy Forum or Philosophy Club to continue the conversation beyond the classroom.

Philosophy and Religious Studies will teach you to think more deeply, speak more clearly, and always strive for broader perspective and greater understanding. And there’s no limit to where you can go with a skillset like that.


  • Carrie-Ann Biondi
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    Associate Professor of Philosophy

  • Bradley Herling
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    Associate Professor of Religious Studies
    Chair of the Division of Humanities & Social Sciences

  • Mark Conard
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    Associate Professor of Philosophy