Academics: Majors and Programs

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A Philosophy That Includes God

The department of philosophy and religious studies offers two majors, one in philosophy and the other in religious studies. The two majors enrich each other, but retain their separate identities and missions and provide an enhanced concentration for our students.

If the philosophical markers of a young job seeker in the 21st century are reading, thinking and experiencing life widely to be prepared for opportunities, Whitney L. Skippings, C’2012, has a solid foundation.

Since matriculating, the 20-year-old philosophy and religious studies student has leveraged the emphasis on enhancing students’ critical and analytic reasoning skills in several different internships. She has worked at the U.S. State Department, the American Red Cross, and spent her 2011 summer in the private sector at JPMorgan Chase & Co.  “It seems somewhat random when one cross references my resume with my interests, but I'm really happy to have rounded out my collective workplace experiences,” said Skippings, who also majors in international studies.

Skippings has used the lens of her majors to preview varied career options. She intends to work in post-conflict development and knows that the analytical skills learned in her major combined with small classes and a close-knit department is establishing her groundwork. In pursuit of her dreams, the honors program student participated in the fall 2010 Gulu, Uganda and Kigali Rwanda Study Abroad program and is co-chair and founder of the Atlanta University Center (Young Black Thinkers' Society) Philosophy Club.

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