Department of Philosophy

As part of the university’s response to COVID-19, normal operations in the Philosophy Department have moved to alternative formats. Instruction and office hours have moved online, and the Philosophy Department main office will be closed until further notice. However, all faculty & staff can still be contacted during this period: e-mails are frequently checked each day and responded to regularly, as are voicemails to the department main office line (562–985–4331). Students should not hesitate to contact faculty & staff for remote office hours, questions about courses, or administrative matters.


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). The Master’s program in particular is named as being among the best in the country by The Philosophical Gourmet Report. Undergraduate students can also take advantage of our Departmental Honors Program and our Pre-Law Emphasis. Areas of specialization include:

  • History and Philosophy of Psychology
  • History of Early Analytic Philosophy
  • History of Early Modern Philosophy
  • Pragmatism
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Philosophy of Mind
  • Philosophy of Science
  • Epistemology
  • Cognitive Science
  • Moral Psychology
  • Metaphysics
  • Metaethics
  • Ethics

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.