Program  Information

Michael Taber, Chair
240 895 4900

Penny Shissler, Office Clerk
240 895 2159

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.

John Schroeder (on leave 2012-2014)
Professor of Philosophy

Photo of John Schroeder (on leave 2012-2014)

Departments: Philosophy and Religious Studies
Office: Margaret Brent Hall
Phone: office clerk: (240) 895-2159


John Schroeder (Ph.D., University of Oregon) is an associate professor who specializes in Buddhist philosophy, South Asian philosophies and religions, and Comparative Eastern-Western philosophy. He has served as coordinator of the Asian Studies program at St. Mary's College, is published in Philosophy East and West, and has had his book Skillful Means: The Heart of Buddhist Compassion (U. of Hawaii, 2001) translated into Italian as Upaya: Il Cuore della Compassione Buddhista.

Professor Schroeder is on leave from St. Mary's from fall 2012 through spring 2014.