Religious Studies and Philosophy
Exploring perennial questions of meaning, value and purpose in today's multicultural context.
Penn Charter’s Religious Studies and Philosophy Department aims to provide students with exposure, conversation and research in three integrated areas of study:
Exploring Quaker testimonies through personal experience, Socratic discussion, community engagement and reflection, which speak to the pedagogy and foundation of Friends education
Cultivating deeper religious and multicultural literacy, allowing students to converse across different religious, secular and cultural perspectives in search of common ground
Raising philosophical and ethical questions about individual and collective behavior in order to better equip students to lead lives that make a difference
Departmental elective offerings include ethical reasoning, comparative studies, philosophical analysis and cultural critiques. Some electives include community engagement in which students partner with local organizations and businesses that are addressing pressing social and environmental issues in our city. All class sessions emphasize cooperative learning, reflection and discussion.
Community engagement and experiential learning in tandem with the Center for Public Purpose
Critical and contemplative methods to foster intellectual humility, honesty and curiosity
Project-based and problem-solving pedagogy
Our Quaker mission informs our pedagogy as well as our philosophy of curriculum. Our graduation requirement includes the Quaker Principles and Practice course that provides a foundational starting point for another semester of religious studies or philosophy. After completion of this Quaker Principles and Practice course, another course elective can be taken, usually in 11th or 12th grade. R312 Quakerism and the Environment is not considered an elective; it can take the place of Quaker Principles and Practice .