Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics

KNOW THYSELF! According to ancient Greek legend, this saying was inscribed on the oracle at Delphi. People not only asked this oracle questions about public policy and military strategy but also sought her advice on matters of the heart and the location of lost objects. Upon entering the shrine, they were admonished that all their concerns were secondary to the duty to know one’s self.

If you are interested in exploring the challenge posed by the Delphic oracle, the Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics are ready to assist you.

  • You will discuss the great questions that have been debated since ancient times.
  • You will study how peoples from past times and places have thought about the world and humankind’s place in it.
  • You will read great texts and be encouraged to analyze and debate their meaning.
  • You will develop the skills of critical thinking and effective writing that today’s employers demand.

Religion, philosophy, and classics are core disciplines in the humanities, and in the best of the liberal arts tradition, they are liberating. They expand your ability to choose and increase the range of career options open to you. In our courses, you will grow in your ability to

  • Understand the world’s diverse peoples, ideas, and societies
  • Reason critically and write effectively
  • Communicate clearly and with sensitivity to difference

To succeed in today’s rapidly changing and global economy, you need an education for life. Religion, philosophy, and classics prepare you not just for a job, but for lifelong employability.

So, if anyone asks, "What are you going to do with that major when you graduate?" A better question is, perhaps, what can’t you do with it?

Success Stories

Paola Bellini received a scholarship established in honor of Erik Banks, the late professor of philosophy.
Jacquelyn Weaver volunteered with the Peace Corps because she wanted to relate to people and help them without being motivated by money.

Department News

Literary lessons

Wright State philosophy and classics faculty say literature that reflects the impact of epidemics offers insights
From Homer’s "The Iliad" to "The Plague" by Camus, classic literature has reflected the impact of epidemics on human thought and behavior.

Point of impact

Wright State professor Valerie Stoker notes that historical responses to epidemics can be instructive
Valerie Stoker, professor of religion, says that human responses to disease are embedded in historical, cultural and economic frameworks with varying degrees of effectiveness.

Wright State faculty lecture series continues with coronavirus-related talks

Topics are set for the next four presentations in the Faculty Senate's SiP (Shelter in Place) Lecture Series.


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