Chair: David L. Hildebrand
Program Assistant: Elizabeth Puente-Calderon
Office: Plaza Building, M108
Mark Tanzer, PhD, Stony Brook University
David Hildebrand, PhD, University of Texas at Austin
Robert Metcalf, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Candice Shelby, PhD, Rice University
Sarah Tyson, PhD, Vanderbilt University
Gabriel Zamosc-Regueros, PhD, University of Michigan
Clinical Teaching Track:
Sharon Coggan, PhD, Syracuse University
Daryl Mehring, PhD, University of Colorado
Samuel F. Walker, PhD, University of Colorado
Research Assistant Professor:
Mark Bauer, PhD, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Adjunct Assistant Professor:
Maria L. Talero, PhD, Pennsylvania State University
The philosophy program offers a rigorous liberal arts education. It trains students to speak and write carefully, think and reason critically, and to seek out creative connections between ideas of all kinds. Philosophy is an excellent undergraduate preparation for almost any professional field.. Philosophical inquiries can cover a wide range of subject matters including ethics and politics, art and literature, history and religion, technology and the sciences. The benefits of a philosophy degree typically last a lifetime, setting students on a path toward self-development, intellectual sophistication, and the enrichment which comes from living a more a reflective life
Philosophy is an excellent undergraduate preparation for almost any professional field.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the Major in Philosophy.
Click here to learn about the requirements for the Minor in Philosophy.
Requirements for honors are the following:
|A. Course Performance
||1. Cum laude
||3.4 GPA within the major
||3.3 overall GPA
||2. Magna cum laude
||3.6 GPA within the major
||3.5 overall GPA
||3. Summa cum laude
||3.8 GPA within the major
||3.7 overall GPA
Majors desiring to graduate with honors in philosophy must enroll in PHIL 4950 for a minimum of 3 hours and a maximum of 6 hours (note that these hours are in addition to the 36 hours required for the philosophy major) and complete research that culminates in a thesis and oral examination. Majors must work with two faculty members during the project. Written proposals must be submitted and approved by the faculty committee prior to the beginning of the project. If the completed thesis and oral exam are deemed worthy of honors, the student will be awarded the honors consistent with his or her GPA. However, to receive highest honors (summa cum laude), the faculty committee must designate the performance for both the written thesis and the oral defense as worthy of graduation with highest honors. If the faculty committee makes no such designation, students will graduate magna cum laude.
Click here to learn about the requirements for a Minor in Ethics.
Click here to learn about the requirements for an Undergraduate Certificate in Ethics.
Please go to the Graduate catalog to read about our graduate programs.