Philosophy, Religion & Classical StudiesThe Study of Philosophy
Philosophy studies the nature of reality and the ways people come to understand that reality, as well as the moral stance people adopt within it. Philosophy includes ethics, metaphysics (the nature of existence), and epistemology (the nature of knowledge), as well as logic and aesthetics.
At Susquehanna, the study of philosophy serves two purposes. First, it teaches students to think critically by acquainting them with the techniques of philosophical analysis and argumentation and by introducing them to the history of philosophical thought. Second, the study of philosophy helps students to live an "examined life" by encouraging them to develop their own individual philosophy. In this way, courses in philosophy provide students with the intellectual discipline and moral resources crucial for living a full and flourishing life.
The Study of Religion
The study of religion helps students to understand the nature and function of religious texts, beliefs, practices, lifestyles and institutions. Courses reflect the humanizing and liberalizing importance of religion. At Susquehanna, religious studies focus on the Judeo-Christian tradition because of its influences upon the contemporary world and because of the university's church relationship. The department also encourages students to study other religions, either as offered through its own courses or those of other departments.