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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

Summer Advising Hours

  • Undergraduate Advising:
    Prof. A. Klein
    • July 14-18, 21: SOAR Sessions
    • July 30: 1:00-4:30pm
    • August 11: 1:00-4:30pm
    • August 19: 1:00-4:30pm

  • Graduate Advising:
    Prof. C. Wallis
    • June 20: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • June 27: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • July 11: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • July 18: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • July 25: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • August 1: 11:00am-1:00pm
    • August 8: 11:00am-1:00pm

Fall Course Descriptions

  • Download Fall 2014 Course Descriptions by clicking here

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

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).


  • 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.