The Department of Philosophy and Religion explores the nature of the real world, the basis of human values, and foundations of reason. Students approach these issues through study of both historical literature and contemporary developments. The department’s study of Western and Eastern religious traditions introduces students to a major influence on all civilizations. Journalists, diplomats, and government specialists benefit from the serious consideration of the inner workings of the religious ethos of civilizations. AU’s location in Washington, D.C., offers students access to national offices and centers for many religions. The Consortium of Universities of the Metropolitan Area also offers students a variety of courses in philosophy and religion. Faculty consists of internationally renowned scholars. The department of philosophy and religion offers a BA in philosophy, a combined BA and MA in philosophy, and MA programs in History of Philosophy; Philosophy and Social Policy; and Ethics, Peace, and Global Affairs.