Philosophy and Religious Studies Program

philosophy and religious studies Degrees

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Why Philosophy?

Philosophy is central to the intellectual life of the university and is indispensable to any well-rounded education. It asks questions like, "What kinds of lives are 'good lives'? What is true and how do we tell the difference between the true and the false? Why is there something rather than nothing?" Asking these questions focuses your thinking through the development of language and logic skills. We learn that we can change our lives by transforming our ideas and values.

Why Religious Studies?

Religion grapples with our deepest questions about the meaning of life and how we are to live. In the religious studies program at The University of Toledo you'll explore how the world’s religions answer these questions and how religion shapes the world’s political and cultural landscape. 

UToledo’s Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies is one of the country’s only departments to have community-funded endowed chairs in Catholic, Islamic and Jewish studies. We are also one of the first programs to offer a concentration in religious diversity. This concentration builds on our faculty's expertise in the field. Students study what happens when different religions encounter each other and how to make these encounters an opportunity for growth and understanding.

Undergraduate Degrees

The Philosophy and Religious Studies Program offers bachelor's degrees in both philosophy and religious studies. Minors degrees are also available in both areas. Learn more

Graduate Degrees

UToledo offers a master's degree in philosophy. Most students receive teaching assistantships, tuition fellowships, and often an opportunity to teach introductory courses. Learn more

Meet our Faculty

The philosophy faculty represent an incredibly broad variety of traditions in philosophy. Learn more about them and their individual areas of expertise and research. Meet our faculty.



Last Updated: 7/7/23