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Philosophy and Religious Studies

College of Arts and Humanities

Let's Celebrate!

Join us in celebrating the Department’s history of more than a half century of excellence! Below are the links to our latest newletter and a digital booklet of the Department's highlights over the years.

Spring 2020 Newsletter, Stay at Home Edition

Philosophy & Religious Studies - Department Highlights


Support Philosophy & Religious Studies!

You will be directed to the College of Arts and Humanities give page. Enter relevant information and in the *Designation* drop down menu specify "Philosophy & Religious Studies Department Fund."

By supporting existing and new collaborations with other divisions and units, the arts and humanities will continue to play a crucial role in furthering the university’s missions “to prepare students for enlightened, responsible, and productive lives," as well as producing graduates ready “to help create a sustainable natural environment, and to address critical social issues.”

Welcome to the Department of
Philosophy and Religious Studies

Language and Literature Building, Room 337
400 East University Way, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7555
phone: (509) 963-1818

Office Hours:
At this time our physical office is currently closed. We can be reached by email at: Monday-Friday, 8:00am-5:00pm, or by phone at: 509-963-1818. Our Department Chair, Dr. Jeffrey Dippmann, can be contacted directly at: 509 963 3172. Please note that both phone numbers accept voice mails that are automatically forwarded to email for timely responses. 

Philosophy and Religious Studies Faculty and Staff

The Philosophy program offers a full range of courses designed to provide students with the intellectual tools and scholarly background necessary for deep, critical understanding of human experience. The major philosophers and intellectual traditions, Western and non-Western, are analyzed in order to show how philosophy relates directly to problems which thoughtful men and women face in the world today. We offer an undergraduate major and minor in Philosophy as well as a minor in Ethics.  Our Ethics minor is an excellent complement to any major, enabling students to develop a strong sense of moral responsibility and critical skills for moral reflection.

The Religious Studies program enables interested students to examine objectively, from philosophical, historical and text critical viewpoints, the great world religions. Departmental faculty are committed to a comparative approach in the study and teaching of religious studies, with specializations in Western (particularly Judaism) and Eastern (particularly Chinese Buddhism and Daoism) traditions. Coursework, speakers series and study abroad opportunities reflect these interests. The department offers both a Religious Studies major and minor.

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