Welcome to the Philosophy Department! Philosophy is the active pursuit of knowledge or wisdom. It emphasizes logic and rigorous, critical thinking—valuable skills that are useful in many contexts. Philosophy is considered excellent preparation for graduate and professional careers in fields such as law, health sciences and public service.
The department offers an undergraduate major and a minor in Philosophy; a major and a minor in Philosophy, Politics, Economics and Law (PPEL); and a specialized masters’ degree and a PhD in applied philosophy.
BGSU has an international reputation for its focus on applied philosophy, which includes ethics, meta-ethics, ethical analysis of public policy, and political philosophy. The department has an active group of scholars, and hosts regular colloquia and annual workshops on applied ethics and public policy.
Employment Opportunities within the Department
Adjunct teaching positions (part-time) 2018-19
What Can I Do With a Philosophy Degree?
Philosophy can prepare you for all sorts of fascinating careers. Meet three of our recent BGSU philosophy graduates -Robert Mominee, Hannah Nicol, and Daniel Gordon- and see what amazing things they've gone on to do with their degree. Read More
NEWS AND STORIES
Max Khan Hayward Joins Philosophy Department
Max Khan Hayward has joined the Philosophy Department as an assistant professor. Dr. Hayward comes to BGSU after completing his Ph.D. at Columbia University. “The core of my work is in ethics, metaethics and moral psychology,” he says, “but my project crosses the boundaries of many subfields in philosophy where values and normativity are central, including rationality, epistemology, philosophy of mind and political philosophy. I am also interested in the history of philosophy, especially the British empiricists and the American pragmatists. Beyond my research, I'm passionate about bringing philosophy to a wider audience and promoting diversity within the academy.” Read More
Bowling Green Workshop in Applied Ethics and Public Policy examines "Social Trust"
This year, we will be hosting the eighth in the annual series of the Bowling Green Workshops in Applied Ethics and Public Policy. This year's theme is "Social Trust."
The workshop will be held on April 20 and 21 at Bowling Green State University.
The keynote speaker will be: Edward Hinchman (University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee)
For a full list of speakers and further details about the workshop, visit the workshop homepage. Read More
Andrew Erickson Receives Graduate Teaching Award
Each spring, the BGSU Graduate College selects one exceptional teaching assistant and one student instructor to receive Graduate Student Teaching Awards. Philosophy department student Andrew Erickson received the student instructor award for his performance in teaching “Contemporary Moral Issues.” Award nominees must provide class evaluations, teaching philosophies, academic statements and sample course material. Their applications are assessed by other instructors who have received recognition for outstanding teaching. The winners receive a commemorative plaque and a cash award. We are proud that one of our own was chosen for this campus-wide award for excellence in undergraduate instruction.