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Philosophy & Religious StudiesStudent Ambassadors

Interested in Majoring or Minoring in Philosophy & Religious Studies?

Connect with our Student Ambassadors to get the inside scoop about what it's like to focus your degree in Philosophy & Religious Studies here at Old Dominion University. Contact Professor Kouri Kissel to get in touch with a student ambassador. They're happy to answer any questions you may have about our program.

Current Student Ambassadors

The Philosophy & Religious Studies Student Ambassadors facilitate various community-building projects and help recruit new students to the program by being available to answer questions from prospective students. You can catch them at campus events such as Scholars Day, Major Fair, Admitted Students Day, and other organized informational sessions.

L-R: Abraham, Helena, and Briana.Student ambassadors: Terrian, Khalia, and Charity.


Double Major in Psychology and Philosophy

My name is Charity Slaughter and I am a senior here at ODU. I'm a double major in Psychology and Philosophy with a focus on religious studies. Some of you might find this to be an odd combination but I challenge you to see for yourself how human behavior and religion go hand in hand. I have also been actively involved in research here at ODU and when I graduate I plan to further my education by getting my M.S is IO Psychology.


Major in Philosophy with Minor in Human Services

Hi! I am a senior majoring in Philosophy with a minor in Human Services. I am employed as a Resident Assistant and serve as secretary for ODU men's club soccer. When I came to ODU I wanted to pick a field that would challenge me. The philosophy department has motivated me to think critically and not view information as black and white, and has given me the capacity to examine social problems from a unique perspective. I hope it will aid me on my journey of helping others in need.


major in Philosophy with legal studies concentration and Minor in Human Services

Hi! I am a senior here at ODU. Prior to transferring last fall I was a Nursing major, however, the spark wasn’t there anymore. After taking Bioethics during my first semester here, I fell in love with ethics. Switching majors was the best decision I've made. Philosophy challenges me to approach people and the world differently. In my free time, I enjoy reading, and discussing women and children rights, the black experience and current events. I am excited to meet and interact with you all!

Contact Professor Kouri Kissel to get in touch with a student ambassador.

Philosophy & Religious Studies FAQs

What courses are required for each concentration?

  • The general concentration takes the five core classes, logic, and any other (5) classes.
  • The political and law concentration takes (5) core classes, logic, (2) classes from the political core, (2) from the political electives, and (1) philosophy elective.
  • The religion concentration takes (5) core courses, (1) Islan course, (1) Judaism and Christianity course, (1) Asian religion course, and (3) electives.

Why should I be a philosophy major if I want to do religious studies?

Since both philosophy and religion can be viewed as overlapping social constructs that influence one another, it is best to study them together. Spiritual beliefs can affect moral beliefs and vice versa. These two areas of study influence how individuals perceive themselves and the world around them.

What can I do as a career if I major in philosophy?

A philosophy degree is a great choice for those interested in pursuing a career in academia or law. You could also teach at a university. Or, with a concentration in religious studies, you could attend Seminary and learn how to offer religious guidance.

Why choose to be both a speech pathology major and a philosophy major?

Speech Pathology may be classified as clinical linguistics, but it's still a study (diagnosing, analyzing, etc.) of language. Some students that love learning about ancient cultures and the languages tied to them, have bridged the gap between linguist studies which focus on the semantics of ancient languages and texts, and sociolinguistics.

What sparked your interest in religion specifically?

There is beauty in understanding the culture in which religion is born. And it's important to study the content of various ancient holy texts so we can better translate their meaning into today's day and age. What's most intriguing is how religious texts uniquely explain the "how's and why's" of the world.

What do I need for a Philosophy minor?

Any (4) philosophy courses at the 300 or 400 level.

What do I need for a Religious Studies minor?

Any (4) Religion Studies classes at the 300 or 400 level.

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