Giving Opportunities

Consider a gift to the Department of Philosophy and World Religions in support of either our educational programs or our students, in one or more of the following areas:

The Philosophy Major: We would like to encourage more students to major in philosophy, the guardian of critical reasoning in higher education. Scholarship funds to support this would be extremely beneficial in building our major.

The Major in the Study of Religion: We would also like to encourage students to major in the study of religion, the organizing center of most cultures around the world. Students considering this major would be extremely grateful for scholarship funds dedicated to this goal.

The Interdisciplinary Ethics Minor: In order to encourage ethics education and ethical reflection across disciplines and careers, the department offers a 5-course Ethics Minor to students in any major. We are looking for scholarship support to encourage those students who are especially concerned about the ethical foundation of our lives and communities. 

Pre-Law Studies: Majors in philosophy and the study of religion develop and refine the intellectual skills necessary for the study and practice of law. Many of our majors in the past have gone into law. We would like to encourage students interested in law to major in one of the programs in our department by providing financial scholarships. Smaller scholarships may also be dedicated to support such majors in preparing for and taking the LSAT.

Pre-Med Studies: The most successful applicants to med school will have a strong liberal arts base. Our minors in ethics, philosophy, and the study of religion provide an excellent background for the MCATs, medical school applications and interviews, and for the subsequent practice of medicine. We would love to call to the attention of pre-med students this possibility by offering scholarships specifically designed for them. 

At anytime you may earmark your donation to the University specifically for Philosophy and Religion, and specifically for any of the initiatives outlined above.

In Honor of Beloved Professors: In addition, the following professors have retired after decades of teaching, advising, and befriending hundreds of UNI students. Please consider a gift in their honor:

  • Edward Amend
  • William Clohesy
  • David Crownfield, recently deceased. Please see our Fall 2013 — Spring 2014 newsletter.
  • Betty DeBerg
  • Fred Hallberg
  • David Morgan
  • James Robinson, recently deceased.
  • Shivesh Thakur
  • Thomas Thompson, recently deceased

We are also grateful for those who remember the department in their estate planning.

Please contact Jerome Soneson, Head of the Department of Philosophy & World Religions, University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls, IA 50614-0501. 319/273-6221 if you are interested in making a donation to the study of philosophy & world religions at UNI.