Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
240 895 4900

Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
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Program Highlight

The department offers a major and minor in Philosophy and a major and minor in Religious Studies. As an active and energetic department, we are committed towards an intercultural, international and interdisciplinary understanding of the world. We teach across the traditional fields of philosophy and religious studies, and beyond the cultural divides of East and West. Departmental faculty likes to teach in a variety of venues (Nitze Program; Women, Gender and Sexuality; Environmental Studies; Asian Studies; African and African Diaspora Studies), to take students on study tours (Greece, Germany/Poland, India, Thailand, and, in the future, England and Israel), and to bring questions of global relevance to the campus communities through scheduling events with renowned speakers and activists.

Charles Stein
Visiting Instructor of Philosophy

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Departments: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall 103
Phone: (240) 895-2147


Charles Stein holds a B.S, in Mathematics from Tufts University and an M.A. in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America.  His Master’s thesis, entitled “The Self in Paul Ricoeur’s Oneself as Another,” addressed the notion of a narrative identity, the self being determined by the stories we and others tell about us.  He teaches introductory courses in philosophy and in ethics, as well as Logic and Critical Thinking at St. Mary’s.  Before pursuing an academic career Mr. Stein had over 40 years of operating management experience in the computer, communications equipment, and software businesses.  He lives with his wife in Southern Maryland.