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Department of Philosophy

Existential angst? Metaphysical nausea? Ethical nihilism? Do you doubt the existence of your own soul? If you have these or any other philosophical symptoms, then the Cal State LA philosophy department is just the place for you. We specialize in solving and dissolving philosophical conundrums, and in engaging our students in doing it with us.
 
We have graduate and undergraduate programs and a diverse full-time faculty, with areas of specialization in ethics, political and social thought, logic, theory of knowledge, philosophy of science, philosophy of physics, philosophy of art and film, philosophy of language, philosophy of religions, metaphysics, feminist philosophy, philosophy and race, biomedical ethics, existentialism, postmodern thought, philosophy of mind, and philosophy of mathematics.
 
We believe philosophy can bring us insight into the moral and political as well as the more metaphysical problems of real life. So, whatever your philosophical interests or needs might be—and whether you are a beginning student looking for introductory courses, or an advanced student ready for M.A.-level courses—we are here for you.

Featured course

Phil 4130

Sign up for PHIL/WGSS 4130 to explore what monsters reveal about the societies that create and fear them!

why study philosophy?

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it's transformative

Philosophers - literally "lovers of wisdom" - develop the general skill set for living excellent lives.

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it prepares you well

Majoring in philosophy will prepare you for advanced degrees, including graduate programs and law school.

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it pays

According to payscale.com, the median salary for philosophy majors is $94,300 by mid-career.

Special Announcement

Katie Howard

Welcome, Katie Howard!

Our newest faculty member, Assistant Professor Katie Howard, will be joing us this fall!

apply to our m.a. program!

Our M.A. program is one of fifteen terminal U.S. programs recommended in the Philosophical Gourmet!
Our students publish a journal annually: Philosophy in Practice.
Recent Student Placement into Ph.D. Programs and Law Schools
 
Apply to join us! The application deadline for spring 2023 has passed. For fall 2023 admission, please apply by May 31, 2023.
Funding Opportunities for Graduate Students
For full consideration, please apply directly to the university through CSUApply.

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Faculty Talk

Faculty Spotlight

Talia Bettcher

What is it like to be a philosopher?

Professor Talia Bettcher discusses her journey in life and philosophy.

Faculty Talk

special events

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speakers & colloquia

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