In the Philosophy / Religion program, while considering the deepest questions and most challenging ideas in our intellectual heritage, you will develop and sharpen your skills in critical reading, logical thinking, and clear, effective writing (skills which employers say they most expect from college graduates). And who knows? You might even discover the meaning of life. For a full description, visit the UMF catalog.

How do I explore Philosophy/Religion at UMF?

There are many ways to explore a major. You could:

  • Review the webpage for this major.
  • Talk to faculty members in the major. Ask about their career path.
  • Sit in on a class in this major. Choose a class of interest and contact the faculty member to find out which day might be best to drop in on. If you have access to myCampus, click here to go to Schedule Planner to view classes.
  • Talk with upperclass students in the major. They can give you insights into the courses you will take and professors who will instruct you. Just remember, their reasons for liking a major may be different from your own. Ask your advisor, your CA or other UMF staff to help you find someone in the major.
  • Enroll in any 100- or 200-level course in PHI or any 100-level course in REL.
  • Get involved with a Club & Organization related to the major (for example, Religion and Philosophy Club).
  • Volunteer or intern with an organization that is aligned with this major. Contact Meghan Price at The Partnership for Civic Engagement, or Career Counselors Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane to discuss opportunities.
  • Try a Job Shadow or Informational Interview. Contact Stephen Davis or Cyndi McShane for more information.
  • Make an appointment to talk to a Career Counselor (Steve or Cyndi) or Academic Advisor (Lori Soucie) about the major.

What can I do with this major?

Learn more about the major using this resource maintained by the University of North Carolina at Wilmington:

Can I minor in Philosophy or Religion? Are there related majors at UMF?

Yes, UMF has minors in Philosophy and Religion and many other choices. Click here for more information. Majors related to Philosophy/Religion include other majors in Humanities (English and Creative Writing). Students might also create their own major.

What kind of jobs have UMF graduates obtained with this major?

Senior Analyst at FairPoint Comunications, Broker, Development Coordinator for Multilingual Programs at Portland Public Schools, Business owner, Physical Therapist, Clinic Coordinator at a Running Center, and others. Several graduates are currently completing advanced degrees in Law, Philosophy, Formal Epistemology, and Physician’s Assistance.

What other career paths can I pursue?

Other career paths include High School Teacher/College Professor, Researcher, Lawyer, Public Policy, Public Relations, Non-Profit work, and many more. Talking to faculty in the major or a career counselor can provide you with more information about a variety of career paths associated with this major.

How to I declare this major?

The first step is to communicate with the contact person for this major: Dr. Philip Francis, Roberts Learning Center,, 207-778-7409.

To apply to the major, complete a change of major form (available in Merrill Center or any academic office).

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