New Degree in Philosophy and Religious Studies

Patchogue, NY – December 17, 2009 – St. Joseph’s College is pleased to announce the introduction of a new Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Religious Studies to its curriculum. Accredited in July 2009, the new major became available to students on the Long Island Campus in fall 2009.

The new B.A. in Philosophy and Religious Studies connects two ancient disciplines that continue to play vital roles in contemporary society. Philosophy has always encouraged and modeled a careful scrutiny of human experience and the extent of human knowledge while religious studies encourages us to examine the principles of religion and its influential force on our understanding of ourselves and our world. 

“The new major in philosophy and religious studies represents an affirmation of our college's strong commitment to a liberal arts education,” said Wendy Turgeon, associate professor and chair of the Department of Philosophy at St. Joseph’s College. “We are enthusiastic about offering our students the opportunity to explore systematically these fundamental areas of human experience.”

Students pursuing a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and religious studies are required to complete 36 credits within the major, including nine credits concentrating on advanced instruction in either philosophy or religious studies, after which the student will write their specified senior thesis.

For more information on this new degree, call 631.687.5189 or visit

About St. Joseph's College

St. Joseph's College has been dedicated to providing a diverse population of students in the New York metropolitan area with an affordable education rooted in the liberal arts tradition since 1916. Independent and coeducational, the College provides a strong academic and value-oriented education at the undergraduate and graduate levels, aiming to prepare each student for a life characterized by integrity, intellectual and spiritual values, social responsibility, and service. With campuses located in the Clinton Hill area of Brooklyn and in Patchogue, Long Island, the College offers degrees in more than 29 majors, special course offerings and certificates, affiliated and pre-professional programs.

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