Department of Philosophy

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 U.S. by The Philosophical Gourmet Report. Undergraduate students can also take advantage of our Departmental Honors Program and our Pre-Law Emphasis. Current areas of faculty specialization include:

  • History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • History of Early Analytic Philosophy
  • Phenomenology
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Metaphysics
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Literature and Fiction
  • Political Philosophy
  • Moral Psychology
  • Philosophy of Psychology
  • Philosophy of Neuroscience
  • Epistemology
  • Philosophy of Cognitive Science
  • Philosophy of Mind

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.