CSU Long Beach Department of Philosophy
Why Study Philosophy?
- Philosophy teaches critical thinking and analytical writing skills that are important for success in any career.
- These skills are also highly valued by employers: the average mid-career salaries of philosophy majors are among the very highest of all majors, as this Wall Street Journal study indicates.
- Philosophy is great preparation for law school, graduate school, business school, and even medical school.
- There’s no single major whose students outperform philosophy majors on either the LSAT or the GRE. Philosophy students are also among the top-scorers on the GMAT (the business school entrance exam), out-scoring every business major. It’s probably not a coincidence that many legal, political, and business leaders have philosophy backgrounds!
- Philosophy asks fundamental questions that are intrinsically interesting.
- Philosophy attempts to answer such questions as: How should one live? What is the just society? What is knowledge? What is the human mind? How does language refer to the world? What is the nature of reality? Does God exist? What is science, and what makes it successful? Wouldn’t it be fun and interesting to seriously reflect on the answers given to such questions by some of the smartest people who ever lived?
Our own Prof. Alexander Klein further explains the value of the philosophy major here.
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.
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Department Office Information:
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