Department of Philosophy and Religion

Academic Programs


Acropolis Clemson’s philosophy degree will help you gain a broad understanding of the human condition and develop the ability to bring critical thinking and organizational skills to creative problem solving. The philosophy major is especially well regarded as preparation for law and medical school. Graduates also pursue graduate work in a wide variety of humanities, social sciences and other disciplines.

What you'll study:

In addition to studying classic and contemporary works of philosophy and various philosophical methods, you’ll take course work in the humanities (other than philosophy), math, science and social sciences. All philosophy majors must complete a philosophy portfolio in their junior year. Students in philosophy choose from one of two distinct emphasis areas.

Philosophy Emphasis: Learn about ancient and modern philosophy, and choose from a wide range of philosophical topics tailored to your interests and career plans.

Law, Liberty and Justice Emphasis: This emphasis is primarily for pre-law students. In addition to the core classes in ancient and modern philosophy, you will take classes in moral philosophy, social and political philosophy, philosophy of law and legal history. A pre-law internship is advised, and the department works with students to arrange it.

Religious Studies

Religious Studies The B.A. in Religious Studies provides an interdisciplinary grounding in the histories, scriptures, rituals, mythologies, ethics, and beliefs of world religious traditions as they have been situated in specific geo-political contexts through the millennia.

What you'll study:

Students are trained to become global thinkers with a deeper understanding of the world’s cultural, political, and social differences.  Students are encouraged to double-major and graduates often go on to pursue graduate work and employment in a number of fields, including law, medicine, politics, ministry, non-profit and service-related industries.

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