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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

CSULB Philosophy Day 2014

  • Philosophy Day 2014 is May 2, 2014 in LA1 301.
  • The schedule of events is here.
  • Guest speakers will include:
    • Janet Levin (USC),
    • Foad Dizadji-Bahmani (CSULA),
    • Aness Webster (USC), and
    • Clinton Packman (Wisconsin).

BQE Spring 2014 Information

  • Analytic: Apr. 12, 1-4pm in MHB 915.
  • Text: Apr. 26, 1-4pm in MHB 915. Texts:
    • S. Street, “Evolution and the Normativity of Epistemic Reasons,” Canadian Journal of Philosophy 35, 2011, 213-248
    • R. Cummins et al., "Representation and Unexploited Content," in McDonald and Papineau (Eds.), Teleosemantics, Oxford University Press, 2008, 195-207.

Spring Course Descriptions

  • Download Spring 2014 Course Descriptions by clicking here


  • Graduate students Kevin Watson and Emily Barrett are presenting at this year's Student Research Symposium, Friday, Feb. 21 in CBA-229. The schedule is here.
  • 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.