BA in Philosophy & Religious Studies

Students and scholars of History, Philosophy, and Religious studies are not satisfied with easy answers, or easy questions for that matter.


In the Department of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, we read and confront challenging texts. 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. With these tools, students are able to explore different parts of the world and eras in more depth while investigating themes that remain relevant today, such as religion, race, gender, consumerism, and civil rights.

There’s no limit to where you can go with a skillset like that.


Study the words of Plato and Socrates in New York City, engage in critical discussions of ethics and morality, and explore the beliefs, texts, history, and practices of world religions as a way to more deeply understand yourself.  In Philosophy, classes such as Pop Culture and Philosophy, Philosophy of Life, Death, and Dying, Ancient Philosophy, and Philosophy of Art will ask you to think big – and then debate, discuss, and express yourself.  


Our Religious Studies program will immerse you in the cultures and beliefs of the world’s religions. In addition to courses on specific traditions, classes like Religion and Social Justice and The Extremes of Religion offer a broader understanding of the world around you. We are committed to teaching vital skills that will set you apart as you apply for graduate school or enter the job market.


Life needs to be lived. Facts need to be known, causes supported, decisions to be made. We urge our students to think about what they do and to become informed global citizens. This is what an undergraduate education is all about.

At the same time, we are committed to teaching vital skills that will set you apart as you apply for graduate school or enter the job market. As a major in History, Philosophy, and Religious Studies, you will gain the ability to:

  •  Process and comprehend complex information.
  • Examine and analyze arguments, beliefs, actions, and practices using sophisticated theoretical models.
  • Critically evaluate different positions and perspectives.
  • Think outside the box of standard training and pre-professional tracks.
  • Express yourself, debate, discuss, and write clearly and effectively.

These skills are in great demand by employers and graduate schools. Recent majors in the program at MMC have gone on to advanced study and jobs in education, advocacy, writing, business, law, and public policy, among others. Our program lays the foundation for both personal growth and professional success.

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