Please note: The Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood Education and in Elementary Education, the Post-Baccalaureate Certificates in Early Childhood and in Elementary Education, the Graduate Certificate in Special Education (K-12) initial licensure track, the Master of Arts in Teaching, and the Master of Education in Early Childhood Special Education initial licensure track no longer hold specialized accreditation from the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE) as of December 31, 2018.

The Bachelor of Arts in Journalism and Public Communications voluntarily withdrew from specialized accreditation by the Accrediting Council on Education in Journalism and Mass Communications (ACEJMC).


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Philosophy is the creative and critical reflection on enduring questions concerning the nature of the world and our place in it. For example, philosophy asks metaphysical questions about what exists, epistemic questions about what we can claim to know, and ethical questions about the nature of the good life and right action. In addition, philosophy involves the study and practice of good reasoning and clear thinking, skills that are essential to any discipline or profession.

The Philosophy Department offers a variety of courses in the central areas of philosophy that acquaint students with the rich, living traditions of the world and explore historical and contemporary issues. Departmental faculty have a wide range of philosophical interests and expertise, with a particular strength in theoretical and applied ethics.

The department offers several options for students interested in the study of philosophy:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy, with areas of emphasis in ethics, world philosophies and religions, or pre-law.
  • Minor in Philosophy.

The Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy is designed to prepare students for graduate study in philosophy or other humanities areas such as religious studies, theology or classics. It is also a suitable second major for those planning graduate studies in history, English, French or German literature. In general, it is ideal for students who are seeking jobs in fields where writing, critical thinking and general liberal arts skills are in demand, or for lifelong learners interested in philosophy.

The Minor in Philosophy is designed for students who are interested in philosophy but pursuing another degree, and for students majoring in a discipline that is complemented by the study of philosophy, such as history, justice, English, psychology, anthropology, sociology, mathematics, political science or the natural sciences.

Programs of Study

Undergraduate Certificate

Bachelor of Arts



Raymond Anthony, Professor,
Stephanie Bauer, Associate Professor/Chair
William Jamison, Term Instructor,
Terry Kelly, Assistant Professor,
James Liszka, Professor Emeritus
John Mouracade, Associate Professor,
Joel Potter, Term Instructor,