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CSU Long Beach Department of Philosophy 

• Why Study Philosophy?

  • Philosophy asks fundamental and interesting questions.
  • Philosophy is great preparation for graduate and professional school.
  • Philosophy teaches critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are important for success in any career.

Our own Prof. Alexander Klein further explains the value of the philosophy major here.

• Our Department

Our department offers opportunities for both undergraduate and graduate study in philosophy. Students can study towards the Philosophy Minor, the Philosophy Major (B.A.), or a Master’s Degree (M.A.). Undergraduate students can also take advantage of our Departmental Honors Program and our Pre-Law Emphasis.

The areas of specialization for tenured / tenure-track faculty members include:

  • Cognitive Science, Epistemology, Ethical Theory, History of Philosophy (including American, Early Analytic, and Early Modern Philosophy), Metaphysics, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Religion, and Philosophy of Science.

The department is home to the Center for Applied Ethics. It has hosted the California Conference in Early Modern Philosophy and the Society for Women in Philosophy Pacific Division Meeting.

Connect with the CSU Long Beach Philosophy Department on social media here:

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• Office Information:

Mailing Address:
Department of Philosophy
California State University, Long Beach
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
McIntosh Humanities Building (MHB) 917
Long Beach, CA 90840-2408

Telephone / Fax:
562 985-4331 (phone)
562 985-7135 (fax)

Departmental Office Hours:
Monday-Friday: 8:00am-12:00pm, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

News and Events

Fall BQEs

  • Information about the Fall '14 Basic Qualifying Exams for graduate students has been posted here.

Department Scholarships

  • Information about the 2014-2015 Philosophy Department scholarships can be found here.

New Grad Student Orientation

  • The New Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Tuesday, August 26th, from 7-10pm in LA1-304.

Fall Courses

Undergraduate Advising

  • Due to the campus’s initiative to centralize undergraduate advising, beginning in Fall 2014, the Department of Philosophy will no longer handle advising for our majors and minors. Advising will instead be done by ATLAS in PH1-104. However, the department chair (Wayne Wright) will also be available to meet with students by appointment about advising issues (e.g., course selection, preparation for graduate or professional school) that do not require access to the campus’s new advising system. Professor Wright can be reached by e-mail at wayne.wright@csulb.edu.

Colloquia

  • Sam Newlands (Notre Dame) will be giving a talk in the Anatol Center on Thursday, October 23. A title and abstract will be provided soon. All students, faculty, and staff are invited to attend.

CSULB Philosophy Day

  • Planning for Philosophy Day 2015 is underway and a schedule of events will be posted once it's finalized.
  • The schedule of events for previous Philosophy Days can be found here.

Congratulations!

  • Grad alum Emily Barrett has accepted a fully-funded admissions offer to the University of Wisconsin's PhD program.
  • Graduate students Kevin Watson and Emily Barrett presented at the 2013-2014 Student Research Symposium.
  • Graduate student James Cool's paper, "Doxastic Control and the Practical/Theoretical Distinction" was accepted for presentation at the Midsouth Philosophy Conference.
  • The winners of the 2013-2014 Philosophy Department Scholarships are:
    • Whittington Scholarship:
      Emily Barrett
    • Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
      Joshua Feng

Revised Minor Requirements

  • The requirements for the philosophy minor have been revised. Please click here for more information.

IN MEMORIAM