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Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies
L & L Building Room 337
(509) 963-1818

 2021 Alumni Honoree

Csie Greve, alumnus and Ethics bowl team 


Casie Grevé is a National Board-Certified Teacher of English Language Arts at Coupeville Middle School on Whidbey Island. She graduated from CWU in 2010 with a B.A. in Philosophy, a B.A. in General Studies in the Humanities, and minored in Applied Ethics and English Literature. At CWU, she was a three-year member of the legendary “Ethics Bowl” team that competed in the National Ethics Bowl event in Cincinnati, OH during her senior year. If you can name team members in the photos above and below, send them along to She then went on to earn a Graduate Certificate in Bioethics from Washington State University (2011) prior to earning a Master’s in Environmental Philosophy from the University of Montana (2013). She then changed course and earned a teaching certificate from Johns Hopkins University after serving in the Teach for America program. Casie has been teaching at CMS for the last six years. In her current teaching position, she is also a Powell Fellow and “Educators for Change” member with the Holocaust Center for Humanity in Seattle. She is passionate about teaching “hard history” through literature, and strives to collaborate with and learn from organizations such as the HCH that promote “best practices” in teaching and learning. When she’s not teaching, she’s obsessively knitting, or hiking.

                                 Ethics Bowl team group photo

if you can name team members, send them along to


Spring 2021 Course Offerings

Now you can explore all of our Spring 2021 course offerings at the link below!

Philosophy & Religious Studies Spring 2021 Course Offerings

A collage of multiple spring course posters offered by Philosophy and Religious Studies

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

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.

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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