The Department of Philosophy is committed to Georgia State's College-to-Career mission to provide students with the range of competencies required to thrive in the complex 21st century economy.
From everyone in our community of faculty, students, and staff, welcome to the GSU Department of Philosophy. We offer a dynamic range of courses in ethics, social and political philosophy, the history of philosophy, philosophy of mind and cognitive science and much more. Our faculty members are internationally esteemed leaders in their field of research, and our master’s program is recognized as one of the best in the nation, according to the Philosophical Gourmet Report.
We take pride in the education we offer to the diverse undergraduates at Georgia State, teaching more than 8,000 students every year and offering majors in Philosophy, Pre-law, and Philosophy, Politics and Economics. Students have opportunities for signature experiences, such as the Ethics Bowl, participation in the Philosophers’ Guild, Student Ethics Forum and Civil Discourse Forum.
Leading scholars from around the world participate in our colloquium series, Neurophilosophy Forum, talks and workshops offered through the Jean Beer Blumenfeld Center for Ethics.
We hope you will explore on our webpages what Philosophy has to offer to undergraduates and master's students and learn more about our cutting-edge research.
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The Department is committed to student learning and the advancement of human knowledge.
The Department has led the way in the use of the nationally recognized Supplemental Instruction program to help students in core classes and it has a popular undergraduate pre-law concentration. Our graduate students, in addition to working with our nationally recognized faculty, follow a teacher-training program that is one of the most intensive in the country. Our graduate students have been admitted to many of the nation’s finest Ph.D. programs.
The Department of Philosophy is committed to increasing the diversity of the discipline of philosophy and to educating the diverse student body at GSU. In support of this mission, the Department has taken several actions so far, including:
- Affirming its commitment to creating an intellectual environment in all philosophy classrooms and all sponsored programming that is inclusive of students’ experiences, beliefs, and perspectives, regardless of their race, religion, language, immigration status, sexual orientation, gender identification, ability status, socioeconomic status, national identity, or any other identity markers.
- Affirming its commitment to creating workspaces that are respectful and inclusive of persons of diverse backgrounds and identities.
- Offering the Arlene and Alvin Altman Scholarship for an undergraduate student and the Andrew Altman Social Justice Scholarship for a graduate student, both of which aim to promote inclusion in the discipline.
- Establishing a Minorities and Philosophy (MAP) chapter at GSU to provide support and community for underrepresented groups in philosophy.
- Establishing a Diversity and Inclusion Committee, to review and develop policies for the Department of Philosophy, including best practices for graduate admissions and hiring.