The department is committed to excellent teaching in philosophy. Our courses are designed to show students how to think clearly and logically about any philosophical problem, covering both theoretical and applied areas. Our faculty have diverse teaching and research interests, which include philosophy of science and technology, philosophy of biology and evolutionary theory, experimental philosophy, philosophy of mind, history of philosophy, comparative philosophy, and applied ethics (including biomedical and research ethics, as well as environmental, business, and internet ethics).
The skills that our philosophy courses impart are valuable for a wide range of careers: business, law, politics, education, writing, research analysis, and academia, among others. To get an idea of just some of the possibilities, see the American Philosophical Association's article "Who Studies Philosophy?" or just ask one of our graduates.
The department offers a major and minor in philosophy, introductory philosophy courses, core curriculum classes in ethics and humanities, a broad range of upper and lower-division elective courses, cross-listed and interdisciplinary courses, and classes for graduate credit. We welcome opportunities for collaboration across the university and beyond.
The Philosophy Major
The major requires the completion of 30 credits in philosophy; one year of a non-English language; optional senior thesis and an oral defense for departmental honors. Students may also register for independent study coursework in philosophy under special arrangement with the department faculty.
The program offers students upper-level coursework in the various areas of philosophy, a course in formal logic, a foundation in the history of philosophy from ancient to contemporary, and an introduction to non-Western philosophy. See the current catalog requirements: UAF Catalog information on Philosophy Degree Program.
Professor Joseph Thompson (In Memoriam)
With great sadness, we inform you that Professor Joseph C. Thompson, associate professor of philosophy and humanities, passed away on 4 August, 2014. Professor Thompson was regarded by his students and colleagues as one of the university's most dazzling and inspiring teachers. He was recipient of the 2014 Emil Usibelli Distinguished Teaching Award.
A remembrance of Professor Thompson's life was held in UAF's Wood Center Ballroom on 3 October, 2014. An annual memorial lecture series will be held on topics close to Professor Thompson's heart.