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Courses in the Department of Philosophy explore life’s most interesting and fundamental questions: What does it mean to be human? To be a person? Who am I and how should I live? Does life have meaning? Does God exist? What does it mean to be free? What are our duties to others? What principles should govern our social and political life? What is the difference between belief and knowledge? Why are we prone to thinking and reasoning poorly? Our courses explore questions like these through the study of ethics, law, logical thinking, metaphysics, epistemology, political philosophy, and various controversies associated with race, gender, religion, politics, economics, science, technology and artificial intelligence. We seek truth by asking questions, answering the questions, and questioning the answers, always with respect for the views and arguments of others. Philosophy courses will sharpen a student’s analytical reading, thinking, and writing, all of which are indispensable skills prized by graduate schools, law schools, and employers.

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Philosophy: Faculty and Staff

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Daniel Cullen. 1988. M.A. Dalhousie University. Ph.D. Boston College. (political and  moral philosophy, philosophy of law, political economy, contemporary political theory)

Stephen Wirls. 1994. B.A. Kenyon College; Ph.D. Cornell University: modern political thought, philosophy and religion, existentialism, PPE (Philosophy, Politics and Economics)

Rebecca Tuvel. Chair. 2014. B.A. McGill University. Ph.D. Vanderbilt University. (ethics, bioethics, philosophy of race, feminist philosophy). website:

Erin Dolgoy. 2013. H.B.A. University of Toronto; M.A. University of Alberta; M.A. and Ph.D. Michigan State University. (history of political thought, science and technology policy, United States politics) 

Jared Millson. 2021. B.A. Boston University; Ph.D. Emory University: epistemology, logic, philosophy of language, philosophy of science, philosophy of mind. website: 

Eric Sampson. 2021. B.A. University of Tennessee; M.A. Texas Tech University; M.A. University of Wisconsin; Ph.D. University of North Carolina: ethics, epistemology, business ethics. website: 

Christie Arnold, Departmental Assistant.

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Requirements for a Major in Philosophy

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

   1. Philosophy 200 (Critical Reasoning), Philosophy 222 (Ethics), Senior Seminar 486

   2. At least one course from each of the following categories:

        A. Knowledge and Reasoning:

               Logic (210), Epistemology (319)

        B. Social Philosophy:

              Philosophy of Race and Racism (220), Philosophy of Sex and Gender (323)

              Justice, Equality, and Liberty (225)

        C. History of Philosophy:

               Ancient Philosophy (201), Modern Political Philosophy (345)

   3. Electives: Five additional courses, only two of which can be at the 100-level and two of which must be at the 300-400 level. See "Courses of Instruction" for titles and               descriptions of all Philosophy courses. Humanities 201( Philosophy track) may be counted as one of those courses.

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Requirements for a Minor in Philosophy

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

  1. Philosophy 200 (Critical Reasoning)
  2. One 300-level course or above
  3. Three additional courses at any level (no more than one 100 level course can count toward the minor). Humanities 201 (Philosophy track) may be counted as one of those courses.

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Honors in Philosophy

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  1. Courses required: fulfillment of the requirements for a major in Philosophy.
  2. Honors course: Philosophy 399
  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.

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