We are the Department of Philosophy and Religion

We engage in critical thinking about fundamental questions.

We seek wisdom for a changing world, we learn from those with whom we disagree, and we think outside the box.

We celebrate diversity and encourage ethical citizenship in a global society.

We cultivate intellectual skills for productive careers in a variety of fields.

We believe that learning how to think is more important than learning what to think.

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Philosophy is the study of fundamental questions about reality, knowledge, and value.  In the western world such study began when the Greeks first established inquiry independent of certain creeds.  Philosophy develops the critical and analytical ability required for understanding the complexities involved in the analysis and solution of problems.

The study of Religion examines ideas through which cultures explore the meaning of life and phenomena which societies consider sacred, such as narratives, rituals, and institutional practices.  Its analysis includes historical, anthropological, sociological, and textual approaches.  It regards religion as an integral component of human societies, whose study is essential to a balanced education.

​​Department of Philosophy and Religion
​​Anspach Hall 288
989-774-3444 and 989-774-3793
FAX 989-774-2830

Chairperson: Guy Newland​​ ​
Philosophy Area Coordinator: Andrew Blom
Executive Secretary: ​Betty Lewis