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Philosophy and Religion

What is Philosophy and Religion?

The study of philosophy develops our ability to make sense of ourselves and our surroundings. Philosophers apply critical thinking to questions of values and beliefs in order to understand reality, clarify the nature of interactions between individuals and society, and come to terms with the problems of existence and ultimate values. Different schools of thought in economics, history, psychology, and education are based upon differences in philosophy. Political and religious beliefs and codes of ethic are based on philosophical assumptions. Students who study philosophy engage in the examination of their own beliefs, the resolution of conflicts, the search for a purpose to life, and the development of a basis for ethical decisions. 

Religion studies examine spiritual belief, practices, and worship activities. Undergraduate courses in philosophy and religion are geared toward the preparation for life rather than a specific type of work, and provide an excellent background for a variety of careers. A background in philosophy and religion can help develop character and personal skills which are extremely important in most job situations: specifically, the abilities to listen carefully and critically; think clearly; analyze and organize ideas; write; defend one's position rationally; stimulate discussion; and question, confront, support, evaluate, reshape, and understand different points of view.

CWU Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies 

Related Career Titles

Some positions are entry level, while others require advanced degrees and experience:

Administrative AssistantAnnouncerArts Consultant
Assistant BuyerAssociate PastorAuthor
Business AdministratorCampus Religious CoordinatorCampus Minister
ChaplainChurch Building EngineerChurch Camp Director
Church SecretaryClaims AdjusterClergy
ColumnistPublic Policy ManagerPublic Relations Representative
Public Service OfficialRabbiReligious Bookstore Worker
YMCA/YWCA WorkerConsultantCounselor
Credit AnalystCriticCustomer Service Representative
Denominational ExecutiveDiplomatDirector of Religious Education
Editorial AssistantEmployment InterviewerFinancial Consultant
Fund-raiserGuidance CounselorHospital Administrator
Insurance UnderwriterJournalistReligious Education Teacher
Religious ResearcherReligious Staff WriterReligious Educational Administrator
Sales RepresentativeLawyerLobbyist
Management AnalystManagement TraineeMarketing Research Analyst
Minister/Youth MinisterMinister of MusicMissionary
NewswriterNursing Home DirectorParalegal
ProfessorPsychologistSalvation Army Worker
Seminary AdministratorSocial WorkerSystems Analyst
Technical Writer  
Some Employers of Philosophy and Religion Majors
Advertising AgenciesConsulting FirmsColleges & Universities
GovernmentPolitical PartiesHospitals
Non-Profit OrganizationsMediaState & Federal Government
Religious AssociationsPublishing CompaniesBusiness & Industry
Newspapers & Magazines  
Related Major Skills
Problem SolvingCommunicating in logical manner
Debating SkillsTheory Development
Oratory SkillsInterest in pursuing, exploring and explaining intangible ideas
Deductive ReasoningSelf-discipline
CuriosityClose, extensive reading
Work Independently 

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