To study philosophy and religion so as to discover, establish or preserve truth.
To explore mainly what obtains in the Niger delta and beyond, projecting them to the outside world as part of its contribution to knowledge in the field of philosophy and religious studies scholarship.
* To produce great administrators and managers in public service, and private sectors such as banking industry, oil and gas companies, politics, farms, churches as ordained ministers of various church denominations, the police, civil security and other sectors.
* To prepare men and women to be worthy citizens, in the service of their country.
* To orient students towards developing a broad mind spectrum conducive of a pluralistic society such as Nigeria.
To enable the student to understand the phenomeno and the social implications of religion in general and religion in Africa in particular.
* To explore western, oriental and African philosophical traditions and their relevance to contemporary Nigerian society.
The Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies came into being at the inception of Niger Delta University in 2001. Mr C. E. Eyomiowei was appointed as its first acting Head of Department. It began to offer courses in Philosophy and Religious Studies with the view of awarding two separate Honours degrees: one B.A. Philosophy and the other in Religious Studies.
The core courses offered in the area of philosophy include the following: introduction to philosophy, ancient philosophy, medieval philosophy, modern and contemporary philosophy, logic, ethics, metaphysics, epistemology, phenomenology and existentialism, African philosophy, philosophy of religion, philosophy of arts and aesthetics, social and political of science, philosophy of law, ijo philosophy of man and life, and Nigerian peoples and culture and environmental philosophy.
The main courses offered in Religious Studies are in the field of biblical studies, African traditional religion and culture, Islam, Christianity, church history, philosophy of religion, phenomenology of religion, Christian theology, sociology of religion, ethics, comparative study of religions and interactions of religions in Africa, focusing attention on African traditional religion, Christianity and Islam, separately and in so far as there has been cross-fertilization between them.
Among the main objectives of these two disciplines in the department is to explore mainly what obtains in the niger delta and beyond, projecting them to the outside world as part of its contribution to knowledge in the field of philosophy and religious studies scholarship.
Majority of the graduate of the graduates of this department are found in public services and private sectors such as banking industry, oil and gas companies, politics, farms, churches as ordained ministers of various church denominations, the police, civil security and other sectors. Our products easily get employed as soon as they graduate from the university; many of them turn out to be great counselors and person manager.
It is the view of the founding fathers of the university that each of the above disciplines in the department will eventually metamorphose into two separate but cognate departments.