Philosophy is one of the fundamental domains of human thought. It grows out of basic life questions, including questions of ethics, religion, politics, and science. The study of philosophy has had an historic role in the core of sound education, because it helps sharpen skills of careful, independent thinking and aids people of all ages in defining their most important values and beliefs. The examination of great philosophical ideas, and the emphasis on clear reasoning and personal development that are involved in philosophy serve as a strong foundation for life, regardless of one's career objectives.
The Department of Philosophy offers students the following opportunities for a rich and rewarding undergraduate experience: the traditional B.A. philosophy major, the prelaw option, the religious studies option, and the philosophy minor. The department provides ample opportunity for individual attention and student participation in its activities, e.g., student Philosophy Club, symposia, colloquia, etc.
What You Can Do
- Continue education with a goal of achieving a degree in law
- Pursue advanced degree in religion or a religious vocation
- Pursue careers in government or business
Interesting Classes You Might Take
- Self, Religion and Society
- Ethics in Criminal Justice
- Twentieth Century Philosophy
- Contemporary Conflicts of Morals
What You Can Learn
- Major religions of the world, their traditions, teachings, influential texts, methodological and comparative approaches
- Prominent political philosophies and contemporary issues of politics and public policy
- The fundamental concepts and problems of moral theory
- Feminist approaches to philosophy and to specifically philosophical approaches to gender
About the College
The College of Arts and Humanities provides a diverse student population with the communication skills, humanistic values and cultural awareness that form the foundation of scholarship. The college offers intellectual and artistic programs that engage students and faculty and the community in collaboration, dialog and discovery. These programs help preserve, illuminate and nourish the arts and humanities for the campus and for the wider community.
College Contact Information
College of Arts & Humanities
Office of the Dean
2380 E. Keats MS/MB99
Fresno CA 93740-8024
FAX: (559) 278-6758
Where We Are Located
We are located in the west wing of the Music Building in Room 186.
Department Contact Information
California State University, Fresno
2380 East Keats Ave. M/S MB105
Fresno, CA 93740-8024
Phone: (559) 278-2621
Fax: (559) 278-6484
The Department of Philosophy is located in the Music Building (New Music/East Music), room 102.