The Department of Philosophy helps students explore questions concerning the nature of reality, the role of values, obligations and choice in moral life, the sources of truth and meaning, and the power and limits of human reason and understanding. 

Honors in Philosophy

  1. Courses required: fulfillment of the requirements for a major in Philosophy.
  2. Honors course: Philosophy 399, 495-496.
  3. Examination: an oral examination on the honors essay and related field is required.
  4. Approval of the honors project by the Philosophy Department Honors Committee is required.

Philosophy: Faculty and Staff

Associate Professors

Patrick A. Shade. 1996. B.A. and M.A., Colorado State University; M.A. and Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. (Ethics; American philosophy; history of philosophy; logic; interdisciplinary humanities.)
Mark P. Newman. 2010. Chair. B.A., California State University, Sacramento; M.A., Ph.D., University of California, San Diego. (Philosophy of science; epistemology; metaphysics; philosophy of mind; philosophy of religion; logic.)

Assistant Professors

Rebecca Tuvel. 2014. B.A., McGill University; Ph.D., Vanderbilt University. (Social-Political Philosophy; Animal and Environmental Ethics; Feminist Philosophy; 20th century French philosophy; social epistemology.)

Julia Haas. 2016. B.A., Concordia University; M.A. and Ph.D., Emory University. (Philosophy of Mind; Philosophy of Cognitive Science; Philosophy of Neuroscience.)


Stephanie Cage. Departmental Assistant.

Requirements for a Major in Philosophy

A total of forty-four (44) credits as follows:

  1. Philosophy 201, 203, 206, 220, 301, 486.
  2. Philosophy 318 or Philosophy 319.
  3. Four additional four-credit courses in Philosophy.

Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

A total of twenty-four (24) credits as follows:

  1. Philosophy 201 or 203. (students are encouraged to take both)
  2. Philosophy 206 and 301.
  3. At least two additional four-credit courses in the 300’s or above.
  4. One additional four-credit course in Philosophy.