The religion and philosophy department offers 10 to 12 one-semester electives that span a wide range of academic topics and inquiries. Except for postgraduates, all students at the School are required to take one of these courses during their time at Blair.
Courses in the religion and philosophy department presume no creedal commitments and endorse no particular religious or philosophical stance. Generally speaking, course offerings in religion and philosophy seek to put intellectually stimulating and existentially enlivening ideas before students, giving them enhanced opportunities to think through what a meaningful life looks like and how one might best attain it. To do this, myriad texts and traditions from intellectual history and the world's many cultures are examined, from Zen Buddhism to Friedrich Nietzsche, Sufism to Aristotle.
The most basic courses offered in the department include "World Religions," a survey of both the concept of religion itself and six of the world's distinctive religious traditions, as well as "Introduction to Ethics: The Art of Living," which questions the "good life" as it's attested in the writings of Plato. Other classes available in the department include "Morality and the Modern World" and "Skepticism and Spirituality," as well as courses cross-listed with other academic departments, such as "Faith Through the World's Music" and "Meaning and Media," which are jointly offered by the performing and fine arts departments, respectively.