COVID-19 Campus Update

As public health concerns surrounding COVID-19 continue to grow, Community College of Philadelphia has made the careful decision to move coursework to online or other remote alternatives, beginning March 30 through the end of the spring semester, and to keep Main Campus and its Regional Centers closed through at least May 6, 2020. All courses remain suspended through March 30, 2020. Students will receive details on coursework from individual instructors. Faculty and staff will be issued guidance by supervisors. At this time, the commencement ceremony for spring 2020 is postponed. The College will continue to update you via email, web updates and text alerts as this situation evolves during the closure. During this time, please follow all CDC guidelines for preventing the spread of this virus and remaining healthy, including hygiene recommendations, social distancing practices and remaining home when you are sick.

History, Philosophy & Religious Studies Department

History, Philosophy & Religious Studies

The Department offers many courses and unique learning opportunities, all designed to help students develop knowledge and skills that will help them be successful across a wide range of professional and academic futures. In addition to the areas of History, Philosophy and Religious Studies, students can also take courses in Humanities and Interdisciplinary Studies

Our professors are all experts in their fields and motivated by a desire to teach. We work closely with other departments across the College, and institutions across the city, to offer a variety of possibilities for students. Our degree programs focus especially on preparing students for transfer, and are well-suited for students pursuing a Bachelor’s degree or beyond. We offer Associate’s degrees in Religious Studies and Liberal Arts, including the possibility of a Liberal Arts - Social/Behavioral Science Option or a Liberal Arts - Honors Option.

Department Head

Osvil Acosta-Morales

Spring, 2020 Office Hours:
Monday, 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 
Tuesday and Thursday, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Wednesday and Friday, 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Office: (Bonnell Building) BR-21G / (Mint Building) M3-02A
Telephone: 215-751-8655


Black Studies

Coordinator: Debonair Oates-Primus,

Spring, 2020 Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Office: BR-47B
Telephone: 215-751-8670


Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts - Social/Behavioral Science

Coordinator: John Joyce,

Spring, 2020 Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. (B1-06); 8:05 - 8:35 p.m. (BR-46)
Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Friday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m., 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m., and 2:50 - 3:50 p.m. (M3-03A)
Office: B1-06
Telephone: 215-751-8687


Liberal Arts - Honors

Coordinator: Brian Seymour,

Spring, 2020 Office Hours:
Monday, Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. in M3-02
Tuesday, Thursday,
2:00 - 3:00 p.m. in M2-32F
Office: M2-32F
Telephone: 215-751-8802


Religious Studies

Coordinator: David Prejsnar,

Spring, 2020 Office Hours: Want an appointment outside of the designated office hours--please
email or call.
Monday, Wednesday, Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Thursday, 1:30 - 2:30 p.m.
Office: BR-25A
Telephone: 215-751-8644

Events and Activities

9/25 EventEach semester the Department sponsors a number of College-wide events and activities, often bringing scholars to campus for public lectures and coordinating student trips to sites with historical, religious or cultural significance. Check back here regularly for updates on upcoming events and news about past events.

Fall 2018

The Honors Curriculum at CCP Presents:
"The Role of Critical Theory in the Humanities"
A Discussion with Dr. Philip Glahn
Tyler School of Art
September 25, 2018