Department of Philosophy

Instruction, office hours, and departmental operations have moved to alternative formats. All faculty & staff can still be contacted during this period; e-mails are frequently checked each day and responded to regularly, as are voicemails to the department main office. The California State University (CSU) system anticipates returning to in-person classes starting FA21. [announcement]


Our department offers opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate study in philosophy. Students can study towards the Philosophy Minor, the Philosophy Major (BA), or a Master’s Degree (MA). The Master’s program in particular is named as being among the best in the country by The Philosophical Gourmet Report. Undergraduate students can also take advantage of our Departmental Honors Program and our Pre-Law Emphasis. Areas of specialization include:

  • Philosophy of Science
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Philosophy of Literature
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Moral Psychology
  • History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • History of Early Analytic Philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Epistemology
  • Metaphysics
  • Metaethics
  • Applied Ethics and Social Philosophy

The department is home to the Applied Ethics Forum, and affiliated with the Center For Medieval and Renaissance Studies. It has previously hosted the Pacific Division Meeting of the Society for Women in Philosophy and the California Conference in Early Modern Philosophy.