May 30, 2024  
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog 
2023-2024 Undergraduate Catalog


Professor Eric Barnes, Department Chair

Professors: Eric Barnes, Doug Ehring
Associate Professors: Philippe Chuard, Justin Fisher (Director of Cognitive Science Minor), Alida Liberman, Matthew Lockard (Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies), Jennifer Matey, Luke Robinson (Director of Ethics Minor), Brad Thompson (Co-Director of Undergraduate Studies)
Senior Lecturer: Stephen Hiltz
Lecturers: Jordan Bell, Joshua Crabill
Visiting Lecturer: Andrew Spaid

General Information

The Philosophy Department is well known for strength in ethics, moral psychology, metaphysics, epistemology, philosophy of mind and philosophy of science. Students focus on the development of skills in reasoning, their understanding of arguments and viewpoints, the critical evaluation of varied perspectives, and clear written and oral communication. The critical thinking skills developed in the major and minors are of benefit to students in many disciplines and are especially useful as preparation for law school.

The department offers a B.A. in philosophy and minors in philosophy and in ethics. Courses include core areas of philosophy and specialized topics such as animal rights, philosophy of law and philosophy of mind. The department also jointly operates two interdisciplinary minors in cognitive science  (with Psychology) and neuroscience  (with Biology and Psychology).

Departmental Distinction

Departmental distinction is awarded to philosophy majors graduating with at least a 3.5 GPA in philosophy and who successfully complete a writing project under the guidance of a faculty member.