Philosophy and Religious Studies


Philosophy examines and critically evaluates theories about reality, knowledge, truth, ethics, values, God, the afterlife, etc.  It aids in the development of reasoning skills needed for doing this.  It also helps uncover the assumptions underlying our understanding of the world and subjects these assumptions to careful scrutiny using the tools of logic.

Questions philosophers consider include: Who are we?  Is there a God? How can we know anything? Do we have a “free will”? What is consciousness? How should we act? What is the meaning of life? Why is there something rather than nothing?

If you’re interested in exploring these and many other of life’s questions, take philosophy

Religious Studies

Our Religious Studies courses will allow you to:

  • Examine trends of religion in the 19th and 20th Century
  • Explore the Eastern contributions of Hinduism, Buddhism, Confucianism, Taoism, and Zen Buddhism
  • Review the “religions of the book”, especially Zoroastrianism, Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, and the forces that shaped them
  • Make an objective, scholarly reading of the Judeo-Christian scriptures



Will Heusser
Jason Thibodeau


Jeremy Ahrens
Mary (Carol) Dingman
Lawrence Fike
Jennifer Kalamian
Brian Kobayashi
Jesse Slavens
Nhat-Long (Johnny) Vu
Jim Watkins
Martin Young

Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Location: Humanities, Room 221
T: (714) 484-7010