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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

Fall Courses

Summer Graduate Advising

  • Prof. Charles Wallis will be available for grad advising from noon-3p on 8/10, 8/12, 8/19, and 8/21. Prof. Wallis can be reached by email at

CSULB Philosophy Day

  • Philosophy Day 2015 is scheduled for Friday, April 24. The agenda for the event is here.
  • The schedule of events for previous Philosophy Days can be found here.

Spring BQEs

  • Information about the Spring '15 Basic Qualifying Exams for graduate students has been posted here.

Spring Courses


  • Dale Dorsey (Kansas) will be giving a talk, "A Good Death" in VEC 113 from 3:30-5:00p on Thursday, April 9. Faculty, students, and staff are invited to attend.

Philosophy MA Thesis Defense

  • "Overcoming the Present"
    Christian Weede
    Wednesday, March 11th 2015, 5:15pm
    MHB 915

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


  • Graduate student Alex Beard has won a highly competitive and prestigious 2015 CSULB Student Summer Research Award. He'll be working on a project regarding the history of dopamine research.
  • MA student Christian Weede took first place in the Humanities & Letters category of the recent CSULB Student Research Competition with his presentation "Some problems with 'Knowing How': a response to Stanley & Williamson." Christian will go on to compete at the statewide CSU competition in May.
  • The winners of the 2014-2015 Philosophy Department Scholarships are:
    • Whittington Scholarship:
      Christian Weede
    • Friends of Philosophy Scholarship:
      Nathan Lackey

Revised Minor Requirements

  • The requirements for the philosophy minor have been revised. Please click here for more information.