Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion

Department of Philosophy and Comparative Religion

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Philosophy is a discipline that studies topics important to nearly everyone, such as knowledge, justice, morality, truth, freedom and reality.

The methodology of philosophy emphasizes a combination of critical reflection and argument. The Philosophy Department offers a wide variety of courses and programs at all levels. Some introductory courses are designed to acquaint students with the main fields of philosophy and with the great thinkers who have contributed to the history of philosophy. Deductive Logic I presents a formal approach to the principles of good reasoning. Philosophy also offers a range of introductory courses in ethics, from those that address moral issues of concern to everyone, to courses focused on the ethical problems that arise in professions such as engineering and health care. Consult a Philosophy Department advisor to decide on the right course for you!

Comparative Religion

Comparative Religion at Cleveland State University provides students the opportunity to gain a broad and comprehensive understanding of the origin and historical development of the world's major religious traditions and a perceptive insight into the roles those traditions play in the world today.

Religious ideas and values fundamentally shape the ways every culture views itself and organizes its society. Courses in religious studies help students to develop both a sympathetic and a critical understanding of the religious dimensions of human societies in order to gain the most direct insight possible into the political, social, and economic issues of our day. To this end, the department's courses aim to equip students with the historical knowledge, methodological tools, and scholarly resources necessary to understand and appreciate religious beliefs and religious behaviors in all the ways they affect human life and culture.

In addition to granting the B.A. in Comparative Religion and Minor in Comparative Religion, the department offers a broad spread of courses on important issues, topics, and areas of interest in religion for students all across the university. The Minor in Religious Studies and specially arranged double majors also provide lively opportunities to explore personal and professional interests in very creative ways.

For inquiries on Philosophy, please contact: Professor Sonya Charles
Email: || Phone: 216-523-7144

For inquiries on Comparative Religion, please contact: Sucharita Adluri, Undergraduate Coordinator
Email: || Phone: 216-523-7154

For general inquiries, please contact: Matt Jackson-McCabe, Interim Chairperson
Email: || Phone: 216-687-3900

Philosophy offers:
an undergraduate minor
an undergraduate major
an undergraduate major with a concentration in ethics
graduate and undergraduate certificates in Bioethics
Comparative Religion Offers:
an undergraduate minor
an undergraduate major