Philosophy and Religious Studies

MajorBachelor of Arts


Butler’s major in Philosophy and Religious Studies ensures that you will graduate with a more profound picture of the world and your place in it. This program acquaints you with some of the main figures and fields of both western and non-western philosophy. At the same time, you will have the opportunity to better understand not only your own religion, agnosticism, or atheism, but also other world religions and cultures.

Through the study of philosophical problems and using diverse methodological approaches and tools, you will strengthen your ability to think logically, critically, and ethically and learn how to accurately express complex new notions about our minds, morals, methodology, and more in both speech and writing.

Program Information


Sample courses in this program include:

  • PL 311 – History of Ancient Philosophy 
  • PL 343 – Philosophy of Science 
  • PL 345 – Contemporary Social and Political Philosophy 
  • PL 346 – Philosophy of Mind 
  • RL 348 – Religion, Politics, and the Marketplace
  • RL 370 – Modern Religious Thought

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Brent Hege
Senior Lecturer – Religion
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Biography Born and raised in southcentral Pennsylvania in one of only two counties in the Commonwealth without a traffic light, Brent Hege earned his BA in Religion and History with a minor in Classics from Gettysburg College (PA) in 1998. He completed…
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Corey Reed
Assistant Professor – Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Corey Reed is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy and affiliate faculty member in the Race, Gender, and Sexuality Studies (RGSS) program at Butler University. He earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Morehouse College, double majoring in English and…
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Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer
Assistant Professor – Philosophy
Department of Philosophy and Religion
Lavender McKittrick-Sweitzer is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy. Before arriving at Butler in Autumn 2021, they completed their PhD (philosophy, 2021) at Ohio State University, MA (philosophy, 2015) at the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and BA…
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