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

Juliet Fromholt found her passion for music while working as a student at WWSU, turning that love into a career.
Anna Helmig, a two-time Wright State University graduate, oversees the care of 1.8 million artifacts at the Boonshoft Museum of Discovery.

Department News

Keeping family first

The two longest donors in Wright State’s history share stories of 45 years of giving back
Bill and Cynthia King, both faculty members in the Department of Classics, and John Fortman, in chemistry, made their first donations to the university in 1975

Gary Schmidt of Coastal Carolina University named dean of College of Liberal Arts at Wright State

Gary Schmidt is the director of diversity, equity and inclusion and community engagement for the Edwards College of Humanities and Fine Arts at Coastal Carolina University.

McMaster philosopher Alexander Klein to give Erik C. Banks Memorial Lecture in Philosophy at Wright State

Alexander Klein will present his lecture, "Bertrand Russell, William James and the Politics of Truth," on April 7.


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