Department of
Philosophy & Religion Studies
About Philosophy & Religion Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies is located on the 3rd floor of Bunce Hall. (856-256-4075)

The Department provides a major in Philosophy and Religion Studies, a minor in Philosophy, a concentration in Philosophy and Religion Studies, a concentration in Ethics, a concentration in Bioethics and the Philosophy of Medicine, and extensive offerings in general education.

Philosophy and Religion Studies courses promote rigorous inquiry involving both analytical and integrative reasoning, and provide crucial tools, for decision-making. The focus is centrally on the capacities of reasoning and logic, reflection on meaning and values, and texts, issues and questions foundational to many of the world's cultures. They contribute significantly to the fulfillment of Rowan's mission to educate students who remain lifelong learners and responsible citizens of diverse communities.

Stay connected to Philosophy and Religion Studies

College of Humanities & Social Sciences on YouTube


News & Events
Click here for SPSP Conference

The next lecture in this fall’s Theorizing at Rowan lecture series, co-sponsored by Philosophy and Religion Studies, the Asian Studies Program and the International Studies Program, will be given by Dr. Youru Wang, Professor of Religion Studies at Rowan. His talk is called, “Rewriting the History of Chinese Chan/Zen Buddhism,” and it will be on Wednesday, November 11, at 5 pm in Bozorth 129.

Upcoming Career Events for Philosophy and Religion Studies students

Spirituality Discussion: "Celebrating Holidays"

Whether you are celebrating a religious or secular holiday in the month of December or not, you are usually impacted by the festivities that go on around you. It is helpful to hear the stories of others who celebrate holidays as this listening goes a long way towards binding us together in community. It is also great fun to learn about how others celebrate their special days! Join us for the last Spirituality Discussion of the semester on Thursday December 10th from 12:30-1:30 pm in Bunce 119. We will be “Celebrating Holidays”. Come prepared to learn and to share any of your favorite holiday traditions with us. If there are special foods that you would like to bring that represent your holiday tradition that would be welcome as well! Here is a link to an interfaith calendar if you are interested in learning more about holidays in different religions. Everyone is Welcome!

Well-Known American Judaism Expert Dianne Ashton is Longtime Rowan Professor

Dr. Julia Pizzuto-Pomaco will be facilitating spirituality discussion groups this Fall, in Bunce 119, from 12:30-1:30 (Septemberl 24, October 22, November 19)

Why Philosophy and Religion Studies is good for STEM majors

2014 CHSS Annual Report (Featuring the Ramsey Brothers & Dianne Ashton's Scholarship)

Best Majors for GRE Scores in 2013: Philosophy Dominates

Newsweek: Religion Studies Revival

Recent Faculty Publications:

Dr. Matthew Lund, N.R. Hanson: Observation, Discovery, and Scientific Change, Humanity Books (Prometheus), January 2010

Dr. David Clowney and Dr. Patricia Mosto, Earthcare: An Anthology in Environmental Ethics, (Rowman & Littlefield), November 2009

Dr. Ellen Miller, Releasing Philosophy, Thinking Art: A Phenomenological Study of Sylvia Plath's Poetry, Davies Group Publishers, March 2009

Dr. Dianne Ashton, Co-editor, Four Centuries of Jewish Women's Spirituality, Second Edition, Brandeis University Press, 2008

Dr. Youru Wang, editor, Deconstruction and the Ethical in Asian Thought, Routledge, 2007

Dr. Youru Wang, Linguistic Strategies in Daoist Zhuangzi and Chan Buddhism: the Other Way of Speaking, Routledge, 2003.