Religion and Philosophy Majors & Minors
The department's faculty members come to Roanoke from prestigious institutions that include Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Chicago and many others. Religion and philosophy majors receive individual attention from the faculty and work one on one with them in small class settings and independent research projects.
Our professors are also active scholars, publishing both articles and books in their areas of expertise. Recent examples include Dr. Gerald McDermott's Understanding Jonathan Edwards and Dr. Brent Adkins' Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger, and Deleuze.
There are many ways religion or philosophy majors can get experience outside the classroom, including:
- Senior Thesis
- Summer Scholars
- Independent Study
- Ethics Bowl
- Zeno Contest
- May Term
- Semester Abroad in Slovakia
- Study Abroad
Excellent Graduate School Preparation and Placement
Students who have graduated from Roanoke's religion, christian studies and philosophy programs have gone on to graduate study at institutions such as Loyola University; Princeton Seminary; Luther Seminary; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and others.
Activities and Organizations for Philosophy, Religion and Theology Majors
Getting involved in campus activities provides a way to connect with others of like interests. Students can participate in a variety of programs, including the Religion and Philosophy colloquium, film series, and speakers sponsored by the Center for Church and Society .Theta Alpha Kappa, the Religion honor society, and Phi Sigma Tau, the honor society in Philosophy, recognize academic excellence.
The College is pleased to have Dr. Michal Valco and Dr. Katarína Valcová serving as its Copenhaver Scholars-in-Residence this semester. The Valcos, whose home is in northern Slovakia, are co-teaching two courses.