Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion

Welcome to the Department of Classics, Philosophy, and Religion, home to three disciplines engaged, respectively, in the study of classical languages and civilization, philosophical thought, and the scholarly study of religion. Here you will find information on our three degree programs, ClassicsPhilosophy, and Religion, our faculty, and student activities. A calendar of events can be found below.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!


Are you an incoming student (Fall of 2017) looking to take the Latin Placement Exam?

Go to the following web site,

and scroll down to read about the Latin Placement Exam. Be sure to read all of the instructions on the page and all of the instructions on the exam before starting the exam, since you have only one opportunity to take it. You have only until July 15th to take it.

If you are a current student and would like advice on placement for Latin, do NOT take the exam. Instead, e-mail Prof. Liane Houghtalin at

Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion at UMW
Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion at UMW

Location  The department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion is located on the main campus of the University of Mary Washington on the second floor of Trinkle Hall (building 16 on Map 2), Suite 242.  Please visit us!

Contact Information

Craig Vasey, Professor of Philosophy, is Chair of the department.  Trinkle 238; 540-654-1342;

Cindy Toomey is Office Manager.  Trinkle 242; 540-654-1023;

Our mailing address is The Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion, University of Mary Washington, 1301 College Avenue, Fredericksburg, VA 22401.  Tel. 540-654-1023, fax 540-654-1080

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The programs in Classics, Philosophy, and Religion are proud to maintain institutional memberships with the following organizations:  The American Academy in Rome, the American School for Classical Studies in Athens, the Classical Association of the Middle West and Souththe Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, and the Society for Classical Studies.