Department of Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies at Morgan State University offers instruction in the history of philosophy, pre-law philosophy courses, and religious studies.  The department emphasizes publicly engaged reflections in the study of ethics and politics, science and technology, gender and race, religion and culture, law and society, and has a particular strength in Africana philosophy.  As a solely undergraduate program, the faculty are able to focus on their teaching, student advisement, and research.  Benefits of an undergraduate education in philosophy include the possibility of pursuing graduate work in law school, the ministry, philosophy, as well as careers in business and beyond.  Moreover, studying philosophy offers advantages beyond these specific professions and the learning of philosophical concepts, texts, and history. Philosophy majors develop critical thinking skills (an important ability for employers), a reflective understanding of self and world and of the ways to responsibly engage, steward, critique, and improve our social institutions.

You might like a philosophy major if you…

  • want to go to law school
  • enjoy reasoned debate about moral and political issues
  • seek a personal and/or professional extension of religious studies
  • aim to deepen your sense of the meaning of human experience and self-understanding

Transferable Skills

This site contains a list of many of the skills philosophy majors will cultivate during their undergraduate study



This includes a list of the faculty of the Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies.


News and Events

Faculty Activities, Conferences, Colloquia, and Philosophy Club Activities


Degrees, the Major, the Minor, and Concentrations

This includes an overview on the major in philosophy and its concentrations in philosophy, religious studies, and pre-law. It also includes information on the minor in philosophy and the minor in religious studies.


Public Philosophy

The Digital Agora


Pre Law

Pre Law is one of three tracks for majors in Philosophy and Religious Studies. Dr. Seth Vannatta is the pre law advisor and the faculty representative to the Pre Law Association. This page details helpful information for pre law students about law school applications, the LSAT, and pre law events.