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Department of Philosophy


Philosophers ask big questions, critically explore a vast range of topics, and call into question many of our established assumptions. Our mission is to advance our discipline by producing innovative research, teaching, and service. Our department offers both undergraduate (major, double-major, minor) and graduate (master’s) degrees.  The Philosophical Gourmet ranks our M.A. program among the best nationwide. The high rating of the M.A. program ensures that the undergraduate program is also very strong.  Some of our undergraduate majors are currently pursuing philosophy Ph.D.s in programs every bit as excellent as those in which we have placed our M.A. students.


Investigate the Career of the UMSL Philosophy Major (PDF 914KB). 


Philosophy Three-Year Course Plan (PDF 98KB).

The Department of Philosophy is home to the following interdisciplinary programs: Bachelor of Liberal StudiesPhilosophy of Science and Technology Minor, and the Certificate of History and Philosophy of Science and Technology. Learn more about the department's Neuroscience Certificate.

Philosophy Tutors are now in SSB 222 -- Blake Miener @ TR 9am-noon & F 10am-2pm / Miron Clay-Gilmore, hours TBD.


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