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.

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News & Events

The first event in this Fall’s Theorizing at Rowan lecture series will take place Wednesday, September 30, when Dr. Edward Kazarian of Rowan’s Department of Philosophy and Religion Studies will present a talk entitled “Encounters with Unrecognizable Signs: Deleuze and the Involuntary Beginnings of Philosophy,” at 5 p.m, in Bunce 321

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

Spirituality and Coping with Stress (April 27)

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.