Departments of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics


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Departmental Advising

The faculty in the Department of Religion, Philosophy, and Classics are committed to advising. We want to see you in our classes and in our offices. We understand that some of the most important parts of a college education occur outside the classroom.

If you have questions from a class discussion or an assigned reading, if you are struggling with an assignment or excited about a paper topic, if you are thinking of graduate school or don’t know what to do when you graduate, come talk with us.

Most important, you should get regular advising.

  • Regular advising contributes to student success. If you take courses before you are ready, overload your schedule with too many credit hours, or put off required courses you will likely struggle in your schoolwork and fail to perform to your potential.
  • Regular advising ensures you know WHAT courses they should take and WHEN you should take them. It will help you make steady progress toward graduation, and make it more likely you will graduate on time.
  • Regular advising helps you plan for the future. Thinking of graduate school? Ask your faculty advisor for more information. Applying for a job? Ask your faculty advisor for a letter of recommendation. Confused? Brainstorm with your faculty advisor about possible careers.

Frequently Asked Questions


  • I am considering attending Wright State and have questions about the courses and programs offered by the Religion, Philosophy, and Classics Department. Who can I talk to?

    The Department Chair, Dr. Ava Chamberlain, is a good place to start.

    Faculty who specialize in particular subjects, may also be helpful.

  • I am considering applying to Wright State. Can I attend a Religion, Philosophy, or Classics class to see what they are like?

    Yes! Contact Dr. Ava Chamberlain, the Department Chair, to arrange for a visit.


  • Why do I need advising? Can’t I figure out everything with a degree audit report?

    A degree audit report is an important tool. It tells you what you need to take, but it cannot substitute for advising.

    Regular advising ensures

    • steady progress toward graduation
    • that you understand what courses you should take and the order in which you should take them
    • that you complete your major/minor on time and that you are not missing any requirements when you are ready for graduation
  • What is the difference between COLA advising and faculty advising?

    The staff of the COLA advising office advises you about your overall program of study, including GE requirements, COLA requirements, and Religion, Philosophy, and Classics department requirements.

    Faculty advisors advise you about Religion, Philosophy, and Classics Major/Minor requirements and particular class offerings. They also provide guidance about your overall program of study.

  • How often should I meet with a COLA advisor?
    • When you first declare your major and so become a student in the College of Liberal Arts. In this meeting the COLA advisor will make an overall assessment of the courses you need to take to make steady progress toward graduation.
    • When you are nearing completion of your degree. In this meeting the COLA advisor can review your DARS report to ensure that you have met all graduation requirements.
  • When should I meet with my faculty advisor?
    • When you first declare your major. Your faculty advisor can explain to you the courses you need to take to complete the major, and how to organize your program of study.
    • Once a semester, during registration period. Your advisor can provide information about particular course offerings, and ensure that you are taking the requirements that you need.
    • When you are ready to graduate. Your faculty advisor can review your record to ensure that you have met all Religion Department requirements.
  • Who is my faculty advisor?

    All Religion, Philosophy, and Classics majors and minors are assigned a faculty advisor when they declare the major or minor. Your faculty advisor will be listed at the top of your degree audit.

    The department chair, Dr. Ava Chamberlain, also welcomes all students in the department to meet with her for advising.

  • How do I make an appointment with my advisor?

    All department faculty hold open office hours every week. You may meet with your advisor during these times.

    To meet with your advisor outside regular office hours, you should set up an appointment by emailing the faculty member. Visit the Faculty and Staff Directory page of our site for contact information about Religion, Philosophy, and Classics Department faculty.

  • How and when do I apply for graduation?

    You apply for graduation through RaiderConnect.

    You should apply for graduation several months prior to your intended date of graduation. Application deadlines are announced on the University Calendar and on RaiderConnect.

    You will need to meet with the department chair for a graduation check as part of the application process.


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