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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 (BA), or a Master’s Degree (MA). Undergraduate students can also take advantage of our Departmental Honors Program and our Pre-Law Emphasis.

The areas of specialization for tenured faculty members include:

  • Cognitive Science, Philosophy of Science, American Philosophy/Pragmatism, Philosophy of Psychology, Philosophy of Language, Philosophy of Religion, History of Early Modern Philosophy, History of Early Analytic Philosophy, Metaphysics, Ethical Theory, Epistemology.

The department is home to the Applied Ethics Forum, and affiliated with the Center For Medieval and Renaissance Studies. It has previously hosted the Pacific Division Meeting of the Society for Women in Philosophy and the California Conference in Early Modern Philosophy.