Courses in philosophical and religious inquiry have been taught at LSU since the founding of the university. The Department of Philosophy was organized as a separate academic unit in the 1930s, and a separate Religious Studies Program was added in 1980. The department took its present name in 1997. The department office is located in 102 Coates Hall.
The department currently offers
- an undergraduate major in Philosophy
- an undergraduate major in Philosophy with a concentration in Religious Studies
- undergraduate minors in both Philosophy and Religious Studies
- the Master of Arts in Philosophy