Undergraduate Advising in Philosophy

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

Undergraduate Advisor and Lecturer

Charles Hermes

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

Undergraduate Advising in Classical Studies

Charles Chiasson, Ph.D. Yale (1974)

Professor Emeritus

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

Special Advisors

All philosophy majors are directed in their program by Charles Hermes. In addition, the following special advisors are available.


Majors who are interested in graduate work in philosophy should consult Dr. Charles Nussbaum, the department graduate advisor, during their junior year.


Majors who intend to apply to law school will find courses in critical thinking, contemporary moral problems, logic, ethics, philosophy of law, and philosophy of language particularly useful. Interested students should consult Dr. Keith Burgess-Jackson, a licensed attorney (in Michigan and Arizona) who has both practiced law and published in legal periodicals. Students are also strongly encouraged to take advantage of the resources available at U.T. Arlington's Pre-Law Center (


Students interested in the Mind, Language, and Cognition (MLC) Option in philosophy must complete the requirements for the General Track degree in philosophy, with a minor in linguistics, and psychology as their area of secondary emphasis for elective course work. (For more information, choose The Philosophy Major from the left menu.) Specific major, minor, and elective courses should be selected in consultation with the MLC advisor in philosophy, Dr. Charles Nussbaum. Students who are interested in any of the following, contact Dr. Charles Hermes.


It is possible to combine the philosophy major with a business administration minor in preparation for business school. (See Liberal Arts Major/Business Administration Minor section in the introduction of the College of Liberal Arts entry in the Undergraduate Catalog.)


Majors who plan to enter a school of theology should consider a minor in classics and foreign language preparation in Greek and/or Latin. Electives in ethics and philosophy of religion are particularly recommended.


A departmental faculty advisor is available to assist majors who intend to apply to medical school. The major program will be coordinated with the Health Professions Advising Office of the College of Science.

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

Professor Emeritus

Charles Nussbaum

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

Kenneth Williford, Ph.D. University of Iowa (2003)

Professor and Chair

Kenneth Williford

Research Interests: Philosophy of Mind, Logic, Phenomenology, Cognitive Science, History of Modern Philosophy.

Daniel Giberman, Ph.D. Stanford University (2010)

Associate Professor

Dr. Daniel Giberman

Research Interests: Metaphysics, Philosophy of Mind, Philosophy of Language.

Shaun House, Ph.D. University of North Texas (2013)


shaun house

Research Interests: Philosophy of Martial Arts, Virtue Ethics, Business Ethics, Eastern Religious Philosophy, Race Criticism (Critical Race Theory), Distributive Justice, and Philosophy of Law

Eli Shupe, Ph.D. Rutgers University (2020)

Assistant Professor of Philosophy

Eli Shupe smiling while wearing a dress blouse, glasses, and a pearl necklace.

Currently Teaching: Topics In Humanities, Biomedical Ethics, Topics In Bioethics

Steven Gellman, M.D. The University of Texas Medical Center in Houston (1979), M.F.A The Academy of Art University (2017)

Associate Professor of Practice

M.D., M.F.A.

steven gellman

Currently Teaching: Medical Humanities, Issues in American Healthcare thru Film, Clinical Medicine and the Human Experience, The Art of Diagnosing Disease in Humans, Independent Study in Medical Humanities, and Internship in Medical Humanities