Philosophy and Religion

Department Chair: Kevin W. Olbrys
Office Location: Room A-332A
: 201-879-1179

Departmental Secretary: Shailly Mahajan
Office: Room A-336
Departmental Librarian: Dr. Paula Williams 

Our Programs – Smart Catalog pages:

Our Courses:
PHR Courses in the BCC Smart Catalog

Links to course Syllabi are embedded in these Smart Catalog course pages.

The Bergen Community College programs in Philosophy and Religion provide students with opportunities to study in two related but distinct fields of academic inquiry: Philosophy and Religious studies.

The BCC program in Philosophy introduces students to the basic principles and techniques of logical thinking and argumentation, to the history of philosophical thought, to the basic problems of philosophy (What is real? What can be known? What is really worthwhile?), and to a set of methods by which contemporary moral, social, and political problems may be clearly understood and perhaps resolved.

Philosophy Program Learning Goals:

  1. Students will identify and analyze the basic problems of philosophy in the fields of metaphysics, epistemology, and value theory.
  2. Students will demonstrate a sound working knowledge of the basic principles of logic and the ability to incorporate them in their analyses of philosophical issues.
  3. Students will state and support their own views on philosophical issues logically, coherently, concisely, and clearly, both orally and in writing.

The Religious Studies program introduces students to the basic problems and methods of theology; to the sacred literatures of Judaism, Christianity, Islam, and other religious traditions; and to the history, basic beliefs, and characteristic practices of the major religions of the world.

Religion Program Learning Goals

  1. Students will explain the relationship between religion and culture
  2. Students will apply academic methodologies to the study of religion
  3. Students will analyze sacred texts and traditions recognizing the various hermeneutical approaches
  4. Students will defend positions on religious issues with critical precision, clarity, and rigor, both orally and in writing