Welcome to the Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

 

We, the undersigned, stand in solidarity with all members of our community, regardless of race, gender, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, disability, or country of origin. We strongly condemn the acts of hate and bigotry that have happened here and around the country in the time leading up to and after the Presidential election. Actions, including words and statements, that are based in hate and that deny human beings full membership in the moral community on the basis of arbitrary characteristics are intolerable. We stand opposed to violence in language or in action, and see recent events as a threat to the mission of UNF as a public research university that is committed to intellectual and cultural growth and civic awareness. We pledge to stand with and for those who are most vulnerable—members of our community who are persons of color, LBGTQ persons, Muslims and other religious minorities, immigrants and undocumented persons, the differently abled, and women—and to make sure that our students and fellow employees not only feel safe but are safe. We affirm UNF’s unreserved commitment to student success within a diverse, supportive campus culture, and we seek to embody the ideals of a free and democratic society.

 

Faculty of the UNF Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies

 

Andrew Buchwalter
Paul Carelli
Brandi Denison
Erinn Gilson
Mitch Haney
Julie Ingersoll
Hans-Herbert Koegler
Jonathan Matheson
Sarah Mattice

 

 

The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Philosophy and a Master of Arts (MA) in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics. The undergraduate program (Major/Minor) entails a wide range of courses based on a commitment to pluralism in philosophical analysis, including Anglo-American, European-Continental as well as Comparative Perspectives. The M.A. in Practical Philosophy and Applied Ethics allows for the advanced study of ethical, social, political and cultural philosophy as well as applied ethics. The well-established Graduate Program is unique in the state of Florida and equally geared to prepare students for future graduate work as well as aid professionals with ethical expertise. The related Graduate Certificate in Applied Ethics is particularly designed for active professionals.

The Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies at UNF is associated with the Florida Blue Center for Ethics. The Center promotes deepening an understanding of ethical dimensions in the public sphere through sponsorship of unique educational and research programs for students, faculty, members of professional communities, as well as the general public in Northeast Florida.

The Department houses the Religious Studies Program and offers a Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Religious Studies. Dedicated to the comparative study of religion in a humanities and social science framework, Religious Studies offers courses that explore commonalities and differences across the world's traditions today and in the past, as well as introducing current theoretical and methodological tools from the field for investigation and interpretation of complex religious beliefs and practices.

Department Faculty consists of teacher/scholars with national and international reputations. They contribute to a rapidly growing public institution in the metropolitan area of Jacksonville in Northeast Florida. Housed in the largest college on campus, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Department entertains productive connections to many programs and centers.