Current Students

Welcome from the Philosophy faculty

Advising

Charles Chiasson, Ph.D. Yale (1974)

Associate Professor and Director of Classical Studies

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Research Interests: Archaic and Classical Greek Literature, Poetry, and Prose.

Charles Hermes, Ph.D. Florida State University (2006)

Undergraduate Advisor and Lecturer

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Research Interests: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind and Action, Philosophy of Science.

Charles Nussbaum, Ph.D. Emory University (1988)

Professor

Charles Nussbaum

Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Philosophical Psychology, Philosophy of Music, Philosophy of Literature

Keith Burgess-Jackson, Ph.D. University of Arizona (1989)

Associate Professor and Pre-law Philosophy Advisor

Keith Burgess-Jackson

Research Interests: Ethics, Philosophy of Law, Social and Political Philosophy, Bio-Medical Ethics, and Philosophy of Religion.

We're happy that you have chosen to major in philosophy and hope that you find your time in our department rewarding. We encourage you to continue in your study of philosophy. Not only does philosophical training benefit us personally, by making us more reflective and opening our minds to new possibilities, it also is extremely valuable toward preparing us for professional life. Philosophy graduates, as a group, are among the highest scorers on standardized tests such as the GRE and the LSAT.

Law schools and medical schools have long recognized that philosophy majors have strong reasoning skills, and now the corporate world, too, is expressing interest. Philosophy majors have gained a reputation for "thinking outside of the box" and coming up with interesting new solutions to problems. The skills developed by philosophical studies help us think more logically, see connections more quickly, and make well-reasoned investigations. In other words, a philosophical mindset may lead us to flourish both personally and professionally.

We strongly encourage you to extend your philosophical discussions beyond the classroom and take advantage of the opportunity to interact with faculty and other philosophy students through participation in the Philosophy Club, Philosophy Reading Group, and the Philosophy Lecture Series. Remember, philosophy isn't just a major, it is a way of life.