5 things every student needs to know about SHPRS


Rachel Bunning

If you are a returning student, or just starting your journey with us here at the School of Historical, Philosophical and Religious Studies, here are some things you need to know about us and what we have to offer.

1. SHPRS has an award-winning faculty who are dedicated to education and their students.

Our faculty has been awarded many different achievements including a distinguished foundation professor, a Hardt-Nickachos Chair in peace studies and a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, to name a few. Our faculty will supply exemplary knowledge to help you succeed here in the school.

"SHPRS is home to over sixty faculty who are experts in their fields. They are award-winning researchers and dedicated teachers who want to help each and every student succeed,” said director and professor of history for SHPRS, Matthew Delmont.

2. We offer an incredible online opportunity for students.

Our online student population is thriving. The online courses that are available to SHPRS students are completely immersive experiences focused on giving students the best possible involvement.

“We’re involved in projects that connect students with resources and professionals outside of ASU and that use technologies designed to help students learn in the environments that best suit their needs, whether that be a face-to-face classroom, a blended learning environment, or a fully online course,” said director of online programs, Penelope Moon.

3. The school offers a variety of courses that can include many different interests.

While the traditional courses of general history, philosophy overview and religions of the world are a given, there are many more courses to take. If you are interested in history you can take a history of rockers and rebels, witchcraft or money courses. For those wanting to learn more about philosophy, they can study the theories of sustainability, symbolic logic and sport ethics. Or if you are intrigued by religious studies, you can take classes in mysticism, gender, and religion in war and peace.

“SHPRS offers an incredible variety of courses, covering such topics as political history, logic, religion and culture, history and religions of Asia, morality and law, Jewish history and civilization and sports ethics, to mention only a few,” said academic advising manager, Manisha Master.

4. Our alumni are flying high after graduation.

Of course you can become a historian, philosopher or a member of the clergy with these degrees, but people who have graduated from SHPRS have found many different fields to use their degrees in for careers. Some of our alumni have gone on to be teachers, professors and justices, while others have become lawyers, registrars and space operation managers.

“If the skills taught doing historical research are the ability to consume vast amounts of information, form an argument and articulate that argument coherently, then I can’t think of many career paths to which the skill set doesn’t apply,” said history alumnus, Manuel Giner.

5. By studying within the humanities, you are developing many transferrable skills that can be used later on in careers.

In choosing to become a student within the humanities, you are allowing yourself time and dedication to develop your intellectual, social and managerial abilities. Not only will you learn how to write and communicate ideas and arguments clearly, but you will also learn how to adapt to the world around you. Humanities majors, above all else, understand how to think of themselves as global citizens capable of navigating trans-cultural economies and communication. These are skills that are necessary and applicable in many fields of work, not only careers that are focused on communication.  

“Students often ask me about the benefits of a particular course or degree. The courses and programs offered by SHPRS help students develop essential skills, including critical thinking,  oral and written communication, cultural competence and the ability to approach issues from multiple perspectives. Put simply, the humanities enrich our lives and make us better-informed citizens,” said Master.