Religion and Philosophy

Religion and Philosophy Majors & Minors

The department offers majors and minors in Religious StudiesPhilosophy and Christian Studies, as well as a concentration in Parish Youth Leadership.

Faculty Expertise

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. Brent Adkins' Death and Desire in Hegel, Heidegger, and Deleuze, True Freedom: Spinoza's Practical Philosophy, Rethinking Philosophy & Theology with Deleuze: A New Cartography (2013) with Paul Hinlicky, and Deleuze and Guattari's A Thousand Plateaus: A Reader's Guide and Critical Introduction; Dr. Paul Hinlicky's Luther and the Beloved Community: A Path for Christian Theology after Christendom, Before Auschwitz, Divine Complexity: The Rise of Creedal Christianity; Dr. James Peterson's Changing Human Nature: Ecology, Ethics, Genes, and God, The Blackwell Companion to Science and Christianity, Genetic Ethics: Do the Ends Justify the Genes?, and On Moral Medicine: Theological Perspectives in Medical Ethics; Dr. Melanie Trexler's Evangelizing Lebanon: Baptists, Muslims, and the Question of Cultures; Dr. Ned Wisnefske's God Hides: A Critique of Religion and a Primer for Faith and The Ought.



Real-world Learning

There are many ways religion or philosophy majors can get experience outside the classroom, including:

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.