The Department of Philosophy is an internationally recognized community of scholars and students, known widely for its specialization in, and contributions to, moral philosophy, broadly construed. That includes metaethics, normative ethics, applied ethics, political philosophy and aesthetics. Undergraduate students may earn a B.A. in philosophy, and graduate students may earn a Masters or Ph.D. in the Department's Applied Philosophy program.  The Department is committed to providing the highest quality of education for students as well as to increasing the body of philosophical knowledge.

News & Information

New Faculty Member Fall 2015

We welcome our new tenure-track faculty member, Dr. Molly Gardner, who joins us from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Bioethics Bowl Team Makes "Elite 8"

The BGSU undergaduate Bioethics Bowl team, which is sponsored and run by the Philosophy Department, came in eighth place this year.  This national competition is run in conjunction with the National Undergraduate Bioethics Conference, held in 2015 at Florida State University.

Three long-serving Faculty Members Retire

In the summer of 2013, Professors Michael Bradie, Fred Miller and Jeffrey Paul retired. They will be sorely missed, but we hope to see them around the department in their new instantiations. 

In memory of Paul Olscamp and Ramona Cormier

The department is sorry to announce that two former faculty members who played strong roles in the development of the program here, Drs Paul Olscamp and Ramona Cormier, passed away in October 2014. 

Bloomberg Business Week Philosophy is Back in Business

The financial and climate crises, global consumption habits, and other 21st-century challenges call for a "killer app." I think I've found it: philosophy. Philosophy can help us address the (literally) existential challenges the world currently confronts, but only if we take it off the back burner and apply it as a burning platform in business.

Wall Street Journal - Best Jobs 2010 - Philosophy #11

The 200 best and worst jobs in the U.S. in 2009 based on five criteria -- environment, income, employment outlook, physical demands and stress -- according to a newly released study from job site CareerCast.com. Read about the methodology. Also: Best and worst jobs for 2011.


  • March 11-12, 2016
    Workshop on "The Ethics of Policing and Prisons"
    Workshop Website
  • Feb 17, 4 pm, 301 Shatzel Hall
    "Aspects of Hinduism: Origin, Development and Comparison with Abrahamic Traditions"
    Ramakrishna Puligandla (U. of Toledo)
  • Feb 26, 4 pm, 115 Olscamp Hall
    Should Economics Guide Policy? What Economics Can and Cannot Do
    Daniel Hausman (U. of Wisconsin)

Studying Philosophy at BGSU

Department Officers

Department Chair

Michael Weber
307 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-7209
Fax: 419-372-8191

Director of Graduate Admissions

Sara Worley
315 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-2899
Fax: 419-372-8191

Director of Graduate Studies

Sara Worley
315 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-2899
Fax: 419-372-8191

Undergraduate Advisor

Ian Young
309 Shatzel Hall,
Tel: 419-372-9365
Fax: 419-372-8191