Associate Professor Joshua Davies, Head
The Department of Philosophy and Religion offers a 30-hour undergraduate major (B.A.) with separate concentrations in philosophy, religious studies, and philosophy and religion; and an 18-hour minor with separate concentrations in philosophy and religious studies. Through its curricular and extracurricular programs the department seeks to expose the student to a wide variety of influential philosophical and religious thinkers in both Western and Asian cultures.
The department sponsors a student organization, the Philosophy Club, which schedules a program of speakers throughout the year.
The Department strives to:
- Provide for UTC undergraduates an intellectually responsible understanding of philosophy and religion by way of training in the analysis of the major issues which confront these disciplines.
- Help students develop as mature, rational and concerned human beings, with a life-long commitment to learning and thought
- Develop students’ abilities to communicate intelligently with other persons, to be sensitive to the past, responsive to the present, and open to the future.
- Encourage students to make significant contributions to the larger community, both within the university and the academic disciplines, and in Chattanooga and the society at large.
- Provide high-quality course: It continues to be our primary objective to provide a full complement of high-quality courses, including a rigorous Senior Educational Experience, commensurate with an academically sound major and minor in Philosophy and Religion.
- Support extra-curricular programs in Judaic Studies, Asian Studies, and the Women’s Studies major on campus.
- Develop library holdings: We continue to develop our library holdings in philosophy and religion as funds permit.
- Continue efforts to recruit students for our major and minor programs in a way consistent with their own personal and educational goals.
- Support faculty scholarship and development: We strive to enable faculty members to develop specific plans to write, publish, and present at conferences in their areas of competence; encourage faculty members to seek opportunities for research and other faculty development activities, especially study away from campus.