Department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion

members of the department 

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 Religious Studies, our faculty, and student activities. You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter!

The Classics, Philosophy, and Religion department serves as the heart of a Liberal Arts Education at the University of Mary Washington. In our individual and collective efforts, we promote investigation into the historical and social understanding of our past, our current social relations and ethical responsibilities, and conceptions of self. In achieving these goals, the CPR faculty promotes a diversity of ideas, enables and encourages critical thinking and productive dialogue, and promotes informed community engagement in the interest of social justice.

The department is authorized by the Commonwealth of Virginia to offer two degrees:  Classics and Philosophy/Religious Studies.

  • The Classics degree includes three major concentrations:  Latin, Classical Archaeology,  and Classical Civilization.
  • The Philosophy/Religious Studies degree program also has three separate majors supporting it:  Philosophy, Philosophy:  Pre-Law, and Religious Studies.
  • We support several minors and certificate programs, including Arabic Studies, Asian Studies, Middle Eastern Studies, Contemplative Studies, and Practical Ethics.

Finally, we are home to the Leidecker Center for Asian Studies and the Khatib Program in Religion and Dialogue.

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Location  The department of Classics, Philosophy, & Religion is located on the main campus of the University of Mary Washington on the second floor of Farmer Hall (building 16 on Map 2), Suite 242.  Please visit us!
Contact Information Joseph Romero, Professor of Classics, is Department Chair.  Farmer 239; (540) 654-1023;
Cindy Toomey is Office Manager. Farmer 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  email:
NOTE: As of spring 2022, the main office is open to visitors. But, please email or phone the person with whom you are attempting to get in touch before coming to see them in their office.


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

$40 for 40  We proudly celebrate our 40th year as a department, and we are trying to get 40 gifts of $40 or more to help continue our work as a department!  Your gifts support student scholarships and research, faculty development, and lectures for the community.  To give, go here!