Department of Religious Studies & Philosophy

The Department of Religious Studies

In a global context, the study of religion and philosophy offers students access to some of the most ancient and enduring traditions shaping our contemporary world. A liberal arts education focusing on these disciplines provides an important exposure to cultural diversity, a basis for engaged and compassionate social action, and complex critical thinking skills vital for virtually all professional pursuits.

General Links & Resources

The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy is a useful resource for the study of philosophy, as is the Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy.

The Feminist Philosopher’s Blog is a compendium of feminist related news in the philosophy profession.

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Contact

Leslie Smith, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department.
P: 816-501-3684 / E: leslie.smith@avila.edu

Faculty & Staff

Carol Coburn, Ph.D.

Professor Emerita Religious Studies, Director of the CSJ Center for Heritage Phone 816-501-3713
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Ken Parsons, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Philosophy Phone +1.816.501.2407
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Leslie Smith, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Chair of the Women’s and Gender Studies Department. Phone 816-501-3684
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